Were You Aware Of The Following Three Important Things About Hearing Difficulties And Youngsters?

Luckily, a lot of awareness now exists on children and hearing loss. However, there is still quite a bit out there that may surprise you. Firstly, let’s review some general facts. One thing most people don’t know is that hearing loss is the commonest side effect of all. Also, did you know 92% of deaf children are born to hearing parents? Finally, most parents figure out their babies have hearing loss before doctors, even if they have had a hearing test at birth.

Secondly, let’s take a look at what the financial cost of hearing loss actually is. You can expect a cost of $1 million over the course of a lifetime for a child whose problem hasn’t been identified. It also seems as if low income families tend to see more hearing loss. Indeed, 53% of these families earn less than $25,000. Some suggest that hearing loss comes first and poverty second, although this hasn’t been demonstrated yet. It seems, as well, that this is a permanent cycle, as most adults who have had hearing loss since childhood earn much less than those who haven’t had these problems on average. However, it has been demonstrated that the cycle can actually be broken if the problem is identified early enough.

As such, it may be worth to make this last set of interesting facts about early intervention. One major issue is that only children who have a risk-factor in their lives are properly tested, which means that around 50% will slip through the net. Of course, all babies (92%) have a newborn screening test. Although that is good, only just over half get the right diagnosis, with the rest simply being lost in the system. It has also been reported that too many kids that have been identified as having hearing loss aren’t receiving the benefits of treatment they should received. On a positive note, a lot of improvement has been made over the past two decades. However, the reality remains that, if left undetected or untreated, children with hearing loss do less well academically and socially. There is no reason for this, technically, since they do not have any cognitive disabilities. It is hoped that these facts have given you a greater insight into children who have hearing loss. Children with hearing loss should not have to live lives that place them behind their peers. Hopefully, however, information such as these facts will help to increase awareness and thereby help these children lead full lives.