Identify the early signs of hearing loss

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month!

Learn how to identify the early signs of hearing loss in both children and adults. The sooner you or your close one gets help – the better!

signs-of-hearing-loss

Children:

  • Lack of attention to sounds (birth-1 year)
  • No response when you call their name (7 months-1 year)
  • Don’t follow simple directions (1-2 years)
  • Show delays in speech and language development (birth-3 years)
  • Pull or scratch at the ears
  • Difficulty keeping up in school, especially in reading and math
  • Socially isolated and unhappy in school
  • Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise (regular and constant listening to electronics at high volumes)

Adults:

  • Inattentiveness
  • Buzzing or ringing in their ears
  • Failure to respond to spoken words
  • Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise (regular and constant listening to electronics at high volumes)
  • Needing to continually turn up TV or radio
  • Constant frustration hearing speech and other sounds
  • Avoids conversation
  • Social isolation
  • Depression

Always consult your hearing care professional if you suspect that you or your child has a hearing loss, and to find out if you are a Baha candidate. If you are, you’ll be able to try out the Baha solution before surgery, usually for a couple of weeks at home with a headband or Baha Softband.

Find a clinic here. Connect with your local Cochlear office in social media here.

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