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How can illness or injury cause hearing loss in children?

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Young children can lose their hearing after they get some illnesses, including meningitis, encephalitis, measles, chickenpox, and the flu. Head injuries, very loud noises, and some medications can also cause hearing loss.

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Treatment of Hearing Loss in Children." 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Communications Considerations for Parents of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children," "Your Child's Hearing Development Checklist," "Has Your Baby's Hearing Been Screened?" 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Children and Hearing Aids," "Causes of Hearing Loss in Children," "Effects of Hearing Loss on Development," "Cochlear Implants."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on June 21, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Treatment of Hearing Loss in Children." 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Communications Considerations for Parents of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children," "Your Child's Hearing Development Checklist," "Has Your Baby's Hearing Been Screened?" 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Children and Hearing Aids," "Causes of Hearing Loss in Children," "Effects of Hearing Loss on Development," "Cochlear Implants."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on June 21, 2018

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