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Hearing Loss In Children - Signs You Are Suffering From It!

Master in Audiology & Speech language Pathology
Audiologist, Ranchi
Hearing Loss In Children - Signs You Are Suffering From It!

While it is sheer joy for a parent to see his/her child respond to questions and discussions, some children may not be able to do so, as they cannot hear what the parent is saying or asking. This condition of hearing loss can be either seen at birth (congenital) or it may develop after a few years (acquired). While it is difficult identifying hearing loss before 6 months of age, earlier detection can be extremely helpful in terms of improving the prognosis. Though not common, congenital hearing loss affects about 1.4 per 1000 births, while acquired loss affects about 5 per 1000 births.

Causes:

  1. Congenital:
    • Premature birth
    • Complications at birth including herpes infections
    • Maternal diabetes
    • Use of medications which are toxic to the ear (NSAIDs for example)
    • Heredity
  2. Acquired:
    • Perforation of the eardrum
    • Infections like meningitis or mumps
    • Serious head injury
    • Constant exposure to loud noise
    • Recurrent middle ear infections
    • Severe trauma to the middle ear (as a result of head injury)

Signs to identify hearing loss:

  1. Takes time to respond to your call often 
  2. Repeatedly asks you to repeat what you just said
  3. Tries to keep the ear closer to the source of the sound, either people or things
  4. Asks for the volume of TV and music to be higher than normal
  5. The child talks louder to be clear and understood
  6. The teacher at school complains about lack of attention
  7. Appears to be not paying attention to what said, and says, “didn’t hear you”
  8. Appears to lip-read by looking at the lips intently to see what you said
  9. Could have ear pains or ringing in the ears
  10. Reluctant to use phone or strains to hear over the phone

Treatment:

Before proceeding to treatment, the first step is to confirm hearing loss. A thorough physical exam and audiogram can help identify the reason for the hearing loss, so treatment can be planned accordingly.
In some children, severe wax buildup and middle ear infections can also cause hearing loss. All it requires is clearing of wax and a course of infection treatment to restore hearing. With medical advances, tests which are painless and non-invasive can be done in children as young as 6 months to confirm hearing loss.

  • Hearing aids: With aesthetics being a major concern, there are discreet devices which can be completely hidden. Even severe hearing loss can be managed with these.
  • Cochlear implant: Where there is a nervous problem, cochlear implants are used.
  • Speech therapy: For kids who have had a delay in picking up speech and language, additional speech therapy may be required.

Confirmation of hearing loss, is done by audiologist & speech language pathologist who are specialized in dealing with hearing and speech related problems and their management. So, its always advised to follow the specialist.

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Dear sir mere kaan ka operation kiya hai operation ke bad 3 month acha sunayi diya ab kam sunayi de raha hai me cetirizine tablet liya koi farak nahi Dr. Se bat kiya sahi jawab nahi dete. Please muje koi dawa ya koi suggestions dijiye?

Dr. Rishi Kumar 90% (45 ratings)
Bachelor of Audiology & Speech Language Pathology (B.A.S.L.P)
Audiologist, Hazaribagh
Dear sir mere kaan ka  operation kiya hai operation ke bad 3 month acha sunayi diya ab kam sunayi de raha hai me ceti...
Operation se pahle or baad main hearing test karaya tha, agar haan to report bhejiye. Or ek abhi karaye. Operation kyon karaya tha, kya problem hua tha. Sara detail bataye tabhi hum aage ka saggetion de sakte hain.
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Hi Sir, My wife lost hearing power of one ear while in kitchen. there was sudden blockage as in tafe off of aeroplane and then the hearing was ZERO in one year. 2 Years of treatment no result. Hearing aid of no use. Aged 76 yrs.

Ms. Prerna Reddy 88% (19 ratings)
Speech Therapist, Hyderabad
Hi Sir, My wife lost hearing power of one ear while in kitchen. there was sudden blockage as in tafe off of aeroplane...
Sir need to get tested with audiometery to understand the cause and extent of loss. And as you mentioned that she is 76 years old it can also be related to age. Kindly get it tested and take appropriate amplification (hearing aids).
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Please suggest Can I watch tv ,use phone ,net & computer if I have moderate SN hearing loss. What should I do so that It can't grow further?

Dr. Sajeev Kumar 92% (25377 ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Please suggest Can I watch tv ,use phone ,net & computer if I have moderate SN hearing loss. What should I do so that...
You can watch tv ,use phone ,net & computer if you have moderate SN hearing loss.. TO prevent further increase , you need to treat any cause giving you the hearing loss . Or else use the hearing aid
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I have mild hearing loss, what should I do so that it can't develop further?Please suggest.

Ms. Prerna Reddy 88% (19 ratings)
Speech Therapist, Hyderabad
I have mild hearing loss, what should I do so that it can't develop further?Please suggest.
Get your ears checked and understand the reason of your hearing loss. If it is a middle ear infection then take medication. Basically the type of hearing loss will explain the solution you need to take. Simple tips include try to not catch cold and cough, try to avoid loud music using headphones or earphones. Don't work in an environment in which their is excessive noise.
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Ear Discharge - How Can You Manage It At Home In Case Of Emergency?

Dr. J. K.Gupta 90% (66 ratings)
MS ENT, MBBS
ENT Specialist, Noida
Ear Discharge - How Can You Manage It At Home In Case Of Emergency?

Ear discharge may occur due to several reasons. Injury or trauma to the ear canal, a ruptured ear drum or an infection in the middle ear may be the most common causes of ear discharge. Eczema, swimmer’s ear and other skin irritations may also lead to this problem. While there are some simple home remedies to treat this disorder, always consult an ENT specialist if the discharge does not stop after the application of those treatments.

Let us look at some common ways to treat this disorder.

  1. Use gravity: While this method does not treat ear discharge per se, it does help in draining the fluid build-up in the ear. Just lie down on your side keeping the affected ear parallel to the ground. Use your finger to create a vacuum inside your ear and drain the fluid inside it. The finger must be clean. You can also use a cotton wad for this purpose. Another way could be by simply lying on your side with a towel under your ear.
  2. Use a warm compress: This treatment promotes the flow of ear discharge to its outer part, thereby alleviating the pain. Dip a clean piece of cloth in warm water, wring the cloth as much as you can and then place it around your ear for 2-5 minutes. Lie down on your side.
  3. Inhale steam: Inhaling steam, opens up the Eustachian tube, thereby promoting the flow of the trapped ear discharge. Simply mix a little bit of eucalyptus oil with some water, boil the mixture and inhale the steam. Tilt your head to one side so that the fluid drains out. Do this exercise for 5-10 minutes. Cover your head and the water with a towel to prevent the steam from escaping. Repeat this exercise as needed.
  4. Use vinegar and rubbing alcohol mixture: Vinegar and rubbing alcohol have excellent anti-microbial properties. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Put some drops of the mixture in a dropper. Lie down on your side with the infected ear upwards. Insert some drops of the solution with the dropper in your ear. Wait for 10 minutes and then drain out the ear discharge by tilting the infected ear to the other side. Repeat this exercise twice a day for better results.
  5. Use garlic oil: Crush 2-3 garlic cloves and extract its oil. Use a dropper to put 2-3 drops of this extract into your affected ear. Tilt the head to one side so that the juice settles down. Now hold a dryer next to the infected ear and let the warm air blow inside it. Repeat this exercise twice a day for better results.

Are Your Earphones Making You DEAF?

Dr. Ajay Kothadiya 91% (10 ratings)
Diploma - Diploma - OLO - Rhino-Laryngology, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
ENT Specialist, Pune
Are Your Earphones Making You DEAF?

Did you know your earphones are making you deaf? Here's how.

Fact: Roughly 1.1 billion people worldwide within the age group of 12-35 have been found to be at an increased risk of developing hearing problems.

Listening to loud music on handheld devices using earphones has become a common trend among youngsters these days. You might find it very relaxing to plug in your earphones and escape into your own world of music, but you need to know that this can cause serious damage to your ears. The worst part: you won't realise your ears are being damaged until it's too late.

So, exactly how is loud music damaging your ears?

Continuous exposure to loud music from earphones or other sources results in a medical condition known as Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), which can be associated with irreversible damage to the ears resulting in deafness.

When you hear loud music for a considerable amount of time every day it affects your hair cells (nerve cells responsible for sending sound signals to the brain) negatively, so that their ability to respond to sound decreases. If this keeps on happening for many months, eventually the hair cells are damaged beyond repair. These cells cannot be regenerated, making you permanently deaf.

How loud is too loud?

If your ears are exposed to sounds at 95, 100, 105, 110 and 115 dB (decibel, the unit used for measuring sound) for 4 hours, 2 hours, 1 hour, 30 minutes and 15 minutes each day respectively, your ears are at risk of getting severely damaged. Also, playing music at 120 dB or above can damage your ears instantly. You can have a realistic idea about the relation between decibels and sounds you commonly hear by referring to this list:


- 30 dB: soft whisper
- 75 dB: busy traffic
- 90 dB: noise of a motorcycle at 25 feet
- 100 dB: noise of a farm tractor
- 140 dB: jet plane taking off

Moreover, if you experience the following symptoms regularly, there's a high chance that you need to get your ears treated soon:

- A ringing sound in your ears when you are at a quiet place, which vanishes after a few minutes
- You need to raise the volume of TV or music to the fullest to hear it properly
- You have difficulty in hearing people talking at a distance of just 3 feet

How can you prevent the risk of hearing impairment?

When you're using earphones, keep the volume low. Also, using in-ear headsets or noise reduction/cancellation earphones also helps as it lets you hear the music distinctly at lower volumes by cutting out background noise.

CHECK: You need to lower the volume of your music if the person sitting or standing beside you can hear the sound coming out of your earphones.

'Consult'.

Related Tip: Why Do You Get an EAR Discharge?

3 Things That Can Lead To Induced Hearing Loss!

Dr. J. K.Gupta 90% (66 ratings)
MS ENT, MBBS
ENT Specialist, Noida
3 Things That Can Lead To Induced Hearing Loss!

While most noise is just in the background for us, loud noises, either in small spurts or prolonged exposure, can cause hearing loss. This has been happening more frequently as the levels of noise in an industrialized society go further up.

Noise induced hearing loss explained
Loud noises may damage the sensitive structure of your ear, which process the sound waves into information. They eventually become nonfunctional, resulting in a loss of hearing in that range. If exposure to loud noises continues, then this might extend to the entire range of hearing and may cause total hearing loss.

What may cause noise induced hearing loss?
Some of the scenarios which may cause noise induced hearing loss are as follows:
1. Listening to music on high volume: If you constantly listen to music or watch movies at your home on very loud levels, then it may result in noise induced hearing loss. In fact, listening to music or watching movies with headphones in your ears is one of the leading causes for hearing loss. Headphones have deceptively loud levels and may result in damaged hearing overtime.

2. Noise of household tools: Household tools such as drills, mixers, grinders, mowers, and saws can expose you to loud levels of noise. Even a quick exposure for a few seconds could temporarily damage your hearing. 

3. Occupational problems: Occupations such as construction, factory work and military that require the use of power tools on a constant basis can also cause hearing loss. The sound from the resulting friction might damage your hearing very quickly. Explosions and impacts are also causes of hearing loss in the military and law enforcement departments.

Prevention and treatment
Treatment:
It is difficult to treat hearing loss as in most cases; it may be permanent, except sudden shocks, when your hearing might come back to normal. The only treatments for hearing loss are hearing aids or cochlear implants which can restore hearing partially.

Prevention: Prevention is the best method to avoid hearing loss and in most cases, you should wear ear protection such as mufflers or sound level reduction devices to protect your hearing. Also, practice listening to music, watching TV or movies at lower levels, especially if you are on the headphones.  In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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I'm suffering from saviour ear pain I not able to hear from left ear nothing is blocked in ear its clear only but y the problem I don't understand. I'm from Visakhapatnam if any best doctor is there means I want to consultant.

Dr. Jatin Soni 92% (37488 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
I'm suffering from saviour ear pain I not able to hear from left ear nothing is blocked in ear its clear only but y t...
For pain take tablet paracetamol 650 mg eight hourly and we should examine it locally to rule out any kind of inflammation
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