Is my child at risk of a 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.