Hearing Impairment

You know what hearing is, but what is hearing loss? Hearing loss or hearing impairment can occur when there is a problem with one or more parts of the ear or ears. Someone who has a hearing loss or impairment may be able to hear some sounds or nothing at all.

About 3 in 1,000 babies are born with hearing impairment, making it one of the most common birth defects. A hearing problem can also develop later in life.

What Causes Hearing Loss?

  • middle ear fluid
  • serious infections, such as meningitis
  • head injury
  • listening to very loud music, especially through headphones
  • repeated exposure to loud sounds, such as machinery

Many children have had ear infections, which also can cause hearing loss. Permanent hearing loss is rare from an ear infection. However, if you suspect your child has a hearing loss, visit your pediatrician or licensed audiologist.

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