Hearing Loss

A child who has hearing loss or impairment may be able to hear some sounds or nothing at all. Impairment means something is not working correctly or as well as it should. People also may use the words deaf, deafness, or hard of hearing when they're talking about hearing loss.

An audiologist will assess a child's hearing by doing different types of tests. Testing can even be done on infants. If it’s found that a child has hearing loss, the audiologist will recommend treatment and suggest the family work with a special team. This team will figure out the best way for a child with hearing loss or impairment to learn and communicate.

Helping Sam Hear: A Family's Journey (Video)

In January 2006, a blue eyed, 3-month-old baby named Sam was diagnosed with profound hearing loss. His parents, Chris and Teresa, found comfort and hope as they learned that a surgical hearing device called a cochlear implant could one day help Sam to hear. Take a journey with this family through the many hurdles and triumphs they face as Sam enters the hearing world.

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Date reviewed: December 02, 2016