Routine hearing screenings for newborns work out well in most cases. Early hearing screenings help diagnose hearing problems in thousands...
Routine hearing screenings for newborns work out well in most cases. Early hearing screenings help diagnose hearing problems in thousands of babies annually. That's great news because early diagnose means early treatment, and that in turn means a child has a better chance of developing normal speech patterns. However, a new piece at CNN points out that in some cases, early hearing screenings may create a problem for children with auditory neuropathy. Auditory neuropathy is a hearing problem that affects a sizable amount of babies annually, but then these babies get mixed in with babies with other hearing disorders and sometimes get forced into hearing aids. The problem with giving a baby an hearing aid, when said baby doesn't need one, is that even moderate noise can harm a baby's hearing. That said, imagine how amplified sounds via a hearing aid might affect a baby. According to the CNN piece, hearing aids can seriously harm your child's hearing in just a week. So if you have any inkling that your child can hear, and has been misdiagnosed, make sure you get a second opinion. Read the useful article - Don't let a doctor destroy your baby's hearing.

Tags: baby ears baby hearing ear test hearing test newborn hearing newborn screening screening newborns for hearing


recommended for you

Comments