Deafness in children

How can you treat a hearing loss in a child? What is the most important thing for the child then? Such questions are discussed in this chapter.

How can a hearing loss occur in the child?

Especially because of too much noise. About every thousandth child is born with an innate hearing disorder. Hearing loss is much more common, but only afterwards. And through exactly the sources of noise, which today seem to belong to the common repertoire of children's lives.

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How to recognize a hearing loss in his baby?

The more attentively you observe the development of your child from the beginning, the sooner you will notice a lack of hearing in your offspring. For example, a hearing-impaired baby does not turn its head to you when you speak to it. In addition, linguistic development - which should be broadly based on you - is delayed and your child lacks an appropriate response to loud noises.

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How common are hearing impairments in children?

More than 1 in 1,000 children are born with a hearing disorder. Thus, the deafness is one of the most common diseases in the newborn age.

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How can I best help my child with hearing loss?

Most parents are initially more or less shocked when the doctor detects a hearing impairment in their child. They face a mountain of questions and the challenge of new realities that were previously unknown to them.

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Can my child learn to speak properly despite hearing impairment?

Yes. Although language acquisition may be difficult for a hearing-impaired child, his or her pronunciation may sound slightly different from that of a hearing-impaired child. Nevertheless, it can learn to speak.

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How do children with hearing impairments learn to speak?

The language acquisition is particularly effective for each child in the so-called sensitive phase of language development, which covers approximately the first four years of life. In this phase, the regions and structures responsible for language and their processing can best develop in the brain.

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Hearing aid to the child: What to pay attention to?

When children need a hearing aid, either temporarily or for a long time, acceptance is a real challenge. Because good hearing is enormously important for mental and linguistic development is not a powerful argument for a child. Especially not if the strap on the ear really bothers.

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Sign language for hearing impaired children: yes or no?

What was frowned upon for a long time is today recommended by experts: the use of sign language in the early support of hearing-impaired children. For through the communication by means of gestures, the art of speaking is indirectly promoted.

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Where can parents learn sign language and who bears the costs?

Sign language courses are offered by deaf associations, adult education centers or private sign language schools. You can also look for a family sign language course at home.

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What is better for my hearing-impaired child: cochlear implant or hearing aid?

This question can not be answered universally, but always weighed individually. A clear situation exists only for the children, for whom implantation is out of the question, for example if the auditory nerve is missing or the cochlea is ossified.

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