2 to 3 of every 1,000 babies are born with some degree of hearing loss. In Oklahoma, we can expect at least 150 babies to be born with hearing loss each year. In 2000, Oklahoma mandated that every baby be screened for hearing loss before he or she leaves the hospital. Without newborn hearing screening, it is difficult to detect hearing loss in the first months and years of a baby’s life. Most children who are diagnosed with hearing loss have no risk factors for it.
Children who pass the newborn hearing screening may still acquire hearing loss due to various reasons. Acquired hearing loss can result from many things, including but not limited to:
Babies who pass the newborn hearing screening may also acquire hearing loss after birth and it may not be evident immediately. It is important to watch for signs of hearing loss in your child as he or she grows and develops.
Signs of hearing loss in babies may include:
Signs of hearing loss in children may include:
If you are concerned that your child is showing signs of hearing loss, it is important to have his or her hearing tested by a pediatric audiologist. Give our office a call today to talk about your concerns and make an appointment.
Hearts for Hearing was founded in 2003 with a mission of providing hearing technology and speech therapy services at no out-of-pocket costs to families with children who were born deaf. 20 years later, we are still teaching babies and children born deaf to listen and talk. Our services have expanded to include adult hearing care with offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Shawnee. Our team of professionals has grown from our original three people to 117 now. Hearts for Hearing continues to provide the first set of hearing technology and therapy to children at no out-of-pocket costs to families, and now includes Newborn Hearing Screen services, major research initiatives, Eyes Open Ears On programming, and its own 3D ear mold lab.