Young people who experience noise induced hearing loss often find it difficult to recognize and accept. Below are some questions you should ask if you suspect that your child is experiencing hearing loss.
Does your child ask you to repeat what you have said?
Does your child say what or huh often during normal conversations?
Does your child misunderstand what is said to them?
Does your child appear inattentive to tasks involving listening?
Does your child watch their peers to understand what they are saying or doing?
Does your child withdraw from situations that require good listening?
Does your child seem fatigued at the end of the day?
Does your child tell you that voices and other noises sound muffled and/or distorted?
Does your child complain of a sense of fullness in their ears?
Does your child complain of temporary or permanent ringing in their ears?
Does your child turn the television up too loud?
What should I do if I suspect that my child has noise-induced hearing loss?
If you have concerns about your child’s hearing you should speak to your family doctor. They can refer your child to an audiologist who can test their hearing.