Youth hearing impairment: Early detection is key

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HEARING LOSS can range from mild to profound. In children, signs of hearing loss include delays in speech or language; failure to follow directions; frequently asking, “Huh?” or “What?”; asking for repeated instructions; or turning up the volume on audio devices.1 If not addressed early, hearing loss can affect children's social interactions and quality of life.2
Early identification of hearing loss in infants is crucial for ensuring early intervention and development of normal language skills.3 Children with even mild hearing loss are academically at risk.4 So, hearing screening should be performed routinely, and at-risk populations should be provided with appropriate follow-up care. This article reviews types of hearing loss, hearing assessment and screening options, and appropriate interventions for children.
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