At the age of 3 months, Alex Mussomeli’s hearing loss was diagnosed, and he was fitted with hearing aids. When he was 3 years old, he received a cochlear implant for his right ear. His mother, Nada, believes Alex’s young age helped him adjust more quickly to the implant.
For most children, early intervention is crucial to success with hearing aids or cochlear implants. But how do you know if a child needs to be evaluated for a hearing loss? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers these possible symptoms of a hearing loss.
Does not startle at loud noises.
- Does not turn to the source of a sound after 6 months of age.
- Does not say single words, such as “dada” or “mama,” by 1 year of age.
- Turns head when he or she sees you but not if you only call out his or her name.
- Seems to hear some sounds but not others.
- Speech is delayed.
- Speech is not clear.
- Does not follow directions. This sometimes is mistaken for not paying attention or just ignoring, but could be the result of a partial or complete hearing loss.
- Often says, “Huh?”
- Turns the TV volume up too high.
Whether or not your child has hearing loss, being proactive and getting them testing is still recommended. If you suspect your child has hearing loss, call Amplifon today at (877) 846-7074 to schedule an appointment or visit www.amplifonusa.com.