Hearing Loss in Children And Young Adults

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Jim Fulham

Jim Fulham

Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist at Hidden Hearing
Mr Jim Fulham, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist with Hidden Hearing, has been an audiologist for the past 30 years and is highly recognised as a conscientious and caring professional. Jim has been with Hidden Hearing since 2000 and took control of the Cavan Branch in 2013. This Branch is now recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Hearing Care in Ireland.

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Cute girl pricking up her earDo you live with hearing loss? Do you know a child who cannot hear? We often assume that hearing loss is a problem that is related to ageing, and in many cases it can be, but it is also important to remember that there are many children living with hearing loss, and that some of these were born with hearing-related problems.

Congenital hearing loss is the term we use to describe a hearing loss that a child is born with, and these are often linked to genetic factors. They can also be the result of infections sustained in utero, prematurity, oxygen starvation at birth, or even maternal diabetes. None of these conditions make hearing loss a foregone conclusion, but they may increase the risk of it developing.

Do Childhood Ear Infections Cause Hearing Loss?

Yes, hearing loss in children is often linked to ear infections, including the common type known as ‘otitis media’, whereby the ear becomes inflamed and fluid builds up. Many children experience this infection as a normal part of childhood, and it can result in temporary or permanent hearing loss, particularly when children have the infection more than once.

Other illnesses sometimes cause hearing loss as a complication, and these can include meningitis, measles, chicken pox, flu, encephalitis and mumps. High doses of good quality vitamin C can help to treat many of these conditions, and can reduce the incidences of complications.

Making Life Easier For Children With Hearing Loss

  1. Seek out heroes. There are many high profile celebrities and sports stars who live with hearing loss, and many of these are vocal about their experiences in order to inspire their young fans. Finding a role model in a capacity that inspires your child can be a very helpful way to encourage them not to let their hearing loss affect their dreams.
  1. Talk about it. Whether you are talking in sign language or spoken language, the important thing is to talk together at every opportunity, and to be clear that hearing loss is something that does not have to be tackled alone. Visit Hidden Hearing to find an audiologist who will work with you throughout the process, and you will feel the benefit of building networks to support you and your child.
  1. Try digital hearing aids. Digital hearing aids are highly sensitive and very small, designed to provide high quality hearing solutions without being intrusive. If you have a young person or teenager who is upset by the idea of hearing aids, show them the newest technology on the market and demonstrate the difference it can make.

Hear the Difference! Try Digital Hearing Aids At Hidden Hearing

If you are concerned about your child’s hearing, visit us at Hidden Hearing for a free hearing check up and try our range of excellent hearing aids. Our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics, so we’re sure to have a location near you. Simply call us or pop in to make an appointment and let us help you to find the best hearing solution for you and your lifestyle.

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