Hearing loss with children
Many people associate hearing impairment with ageing. However, children from newborn to teenagers can have a hearing impairment. In Germany alone, one or two out of a thousand newborns are affected by a hearing loss. There are multiple causes of children’s hearing loss, though the consequences, if untreated, are almost always the same. Namely there can be delays learning speech and language and psychosocial effects. Therefore early detection of hearing impairment is important. The earlier hearing impaired children are fit with hearing aids and other appropriate therapies are initiated, the better their outcomes.
Unilateral hearing loss
The loss of hearing on just one side is much more common than generally believed. According to a study by the Bochum University Clinic, three out of 1000 school children suffer of single sided hearing loss and, in the USA alone some 60'000 people annually are affected by it. People with unilateral hearing loss face new challenges daily: the human brain in effect needs two equivalent hearing pulsations into both ears to handle what is heard with precision.