What if my child has a hearing problem?
Hearing problems can be temporary or permanent. Ear infections or fluid or pressure changes in the middle ear from other causes can cause temporary hearing problems that go away with time or treatment. Most permanent hearing problems are present at birth, and may be hereditary (run in families) or may be caused by medical problems. In some cases, the cause of a hearing problem may be unknown.
If your child has permanent hearing loss, talk to your doctor about communication options. Several types of hearing devices are available for children. Your doctor may refer you to an audiologist (a doctor who specializes in hearing problems) to help you decide which hearing device is right for your child. Your doctor may also talk with you about other options to help your child communicate, such as lip-reading or sign language. Talk to your doctor about whether your child might also benefit from listening therapy or speech therapy.
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