Would your child like to participate in team sports?
Hearing ability is important for children to develop speech and language skills as they grow. In the past, hearing loss in children often went undetected until the child was around two years old, when it became obvious that he or she wasn’t talking yet.
Research has demonstrated that detection and intervention for hearing loss prior to six months of age results in significantly better outcomes than intervention after six months of age. As a result, newborn hearing screening has become universal in hospitals across the United States and children with hearing loss are being identified and treated at much younger ages.
How common is hearing loss in children ?
While data varies, roughly 1.4 babies per 1,000 newborns have a hearing loss. Research from a 2005 National Health Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated five out of every 1,000 children are impacted by hearing loss, with cases being diagnosed between ages three and 17.
Unfortunately, hearing loss is becoming more commonplace in youth due to the noise in our environment. In 2013, the CDC estimated at least 12.5 percent of children and adolescents ages six to 19 have suffered permanent damage to their hearing due to excessive noise exposure.
Causes of childhood hearing loss
There are several possible causes for hearing loss in children, whether it’s congenital or acquired. Hearing losses in children can also be conductive, sensorineural or mixed. It’s important that parents, caretakers, physicians, teachers and others know the signs of and address hearing loss in children because early hearing loss – especially that which is undiagnosed – can cause significant development and emotional problems for children that have long-lasting effects.
There’s nothing to stop your child with a hearing loss playing any team sports they desire. Participating in team sports has many physical and mental health benefits for children and helps them to form positive social relationships.
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