What If Child is Born Hearing Impaired ...
Hearing tests measure how much sound we can hear. There are many different types of tests and a clinic or health professional will carry out the best tests to assess you or your child’s hearing. The results of hearing tests can be shown on a chart called an audiogram. Measuring your hearing helps your child might have and help your health professional suggest the best treatment options.
Hearing loss is measured in decibels hearing level (or dBHL). This number represents the softest level you or your child can hear. Hearing level can be measured for pure tone sounds, as well as for speech sounds
The amount of hearing loss someone has is ranked as mild, moderate, severe, or profound.
- Normal hearing
You can hear quiet sounds down to 20 dBHL.
- Mild hearing loss
Hearing loss in your better ear between 25 - 39 dBHL.
You have difficulty following speech in noisy situations.
- Moderate hearing loss
Hearing loss in your better ear between 40 - 69 dBHL
You have difficulty following speech without a hearing aid.
- Severe hearing loss
Hearing loss in your better ear between 70 - 89 dBHL.
Require powerful hearing aids or an implant.
- Profound hearing loss
Hearing loss in your better ear from 90 dBHL.
You need to rely mainly on lip-reading and/or sign language, or an implant.
Could a cochlear implant help my child?
If your child has severe to profound hearing loss and isn’t benefitting from hearing aids, then a cochlear implant could be an effective solution. You may realise your child doesn’t react to loud sounds or can’t detect where a sound is coming from. This could be the case even when they’re wearing hearing aids. Your baby’s babbling may not be developing into understandable speech. Perhaps your child avoids playing with other children or is falling behind with their speech and language developmental milestones. If you’ve noticed these or any other warning signs, make an appointment with an audiologist or health professional immediately. .