Losing your hearing is a serious, growing problem among children today and yet even the most health-conscious parents don’t fully understand the problem. It’s a potentially permanent issue that can follow your child through their entire life. What makes this problem especially tricky to tackle is the group it affects. Children suffering hearing loss or hearing issues may not even know that there is a problem to begin with. Even when experiencing symptoms, they won’t associate them with the real cause and can be reluctant to bring it up to their guardian.
The guide below, entitled How to Prevent Hearing Loss in Your Children, contains critical information and imperative steps to help prevent your children from experiencing this often-misunderstood problem. This guide is for parents, grandparents and child caregivers of all kinds. It covers the gravity of the situation we have currently, describing the warning signs and causes, and suggests tips on how to keep your family safe from hearing loss.
So there’s some good news and bad news. Bad news first. The bad news about children’s hearing loss is that it is often irreversible. Kids experiencing loss of hearing will undergo lifelong symptoms and the social challenges that accompany the condition, negatively affecting their quality of life. This is why it’s so important for caregivers of all kinds to stay alert and ahead of the game. You want to be proactive in your monitoring when it comes to your children’s ears.
The good news is many of the causes of hearing loss, especially the leading causes, are preventable. Children don’t have to listen to music cranked up to max on low-quality headsets or earbuds, for hours on end. They don’t have to go to rock concerts, or attend without wearing protective sound blockers. As their guardian, you may be viewed as the “bad guy” and won’t be thanked for your monitoring and precautions but they will thank you later in life when they see the irreversible damage of their peer’s hearing that didn’t take their hearing health seriously.
Music is probably the leading cause of preventable hearing loss in children. Today, the proliferation of inferior-quality earbuds leads children to crank up the volume louder than ever as they attempt to filter out background sounds. This is why high-quality headphones are the best option whenever children are using their cell phones or other personal devices for entertainment.
For more insights about hearing loss in children, check out the infographic below.
Guide created by e3 Diagnostics