Is my child at risk of a hearing loss?

child hearing loss

Below is a checklist that can assist you in determining whether your child might be at risk of a hearing loss. Checking even one of these boxes might mean that your child is at risk – it is advisable to visit your audiologist for a full diagnostic hearing test.

  • Our family has a history of children with hearing loss.
  • Mothers who had an infection associated with hearing loss during pregnancy, such as German measles.
  • My child has spent 5 days or more in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), or had complications while in the NICU.
  • My child needed a blood transfusion to treat jaundice.
  • My child’s head, face or ears are shaped or formed in a different way than usual.
  • My child has been diagnosed with a neurological condition that is associated with hearing loss.
  • My child has had meningitis (infection around the brain and spinal cord).
  • My child has suffered a head injury.
  • My child has received certain medications (such as chemotherapy) that may damage hearing (ask your doctor).
  • I have reason to be concerned about my child’s hearing.

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