|I am concerned about my baby’s hearing. She is 4 months
old, and I notice that when there is a loud noise she doesn’t
seem to notice. How do you tell if a baby’s hearing
In every 1000 babies born, 3 are likely to have hearing
loss, so it is really not uncommon. If your baby was born
in a hospital, she was likely to have had her hearing tested
at the time. Otherwise, the test can be done by your doctor.
This is an easy way to put your mind at rest.
Should your baby have hearing problems, it is not necessarily
permanent. Almost every child alive will go through periods
of hearing loss, often due to illness. Since many causes
of hearing loss are treatable, it is important that you
follow up your hunch that your baby does not hear well.
The hearing problems could be due to fluid or other debris
which has built up inside the ear structure. An audiologist
will be able to tell you if this is the case with your child,
and suggest follow up treatment and also a series of tests
to establish if the hearing improves with treatment.
In a very small number of cases, the hearing loss is caused
by a physical problem. If the cause is a damaged cochlear,
your child may be offered a hearing aid, coupled with therapy
to help the child cope with day to day life. There is also
a surgical procedure that allows the sound signal to bypass
the malfunctioning cochlear so that it can still reach the
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