Could your toddler have hearing problems—without you even knowing it? Show Notes

Thursday, February 07, 2013 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Could your toddler have difficulty hearing—without you even being aware of it?

A new study has found that shows that some babies who pass their newborn hearing tests are found to be deaf or hard of hearing as young kids.

According to Fox News, some of those newborns may receive passing grades incorrectly. Others may be born with good hearing but develop progressive hearing loss as babies and toddlers.

Dr. David Chi, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is the lead author of the study. He says "A parent or a physician may think, ‘Oh, this child had passed the screen, so they must not have hearing loss,'

“But don't depend on just the fact that (your child) passed the screen, especially if there are any concerns about hearing loss or speech concerns”

Chi and his colleagues analyzed the medical records of 923 kids who came to their medical center with hearing loss, and were between four and five years old. They found that 78 of them had passed their hearing screening as newborns.

There was no identifiable cause of hearing problems in more than half of the kids' medical records. The rest had deafness related to genetics, structural problems with their ears or complications from childhood such as infection.

Having deafness spotted early, and then treated, such as with cochlear implants, is important for children's future language development.

By the way, according to the National Institutes of Health, two or three out of every 1,000 U.S. children are born deaf or with hearing problems, , and more go on to become hard of hearing.

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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