The audiometry unit is located next to the ENT clinic and has adult and pediatric audiometry that is active in the morning and evening shifts and in addition to audiometry of patients referred from ENT clinics and hospital neurology, accepts private and public clinics. In this unit, in addition to prescribing hearing aids, part of the hearing aid preparation measures are also performed.
In the early years of life, hearing plays an important role in a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development.
So that mild hearing loss can affect a child’s speech and language development.
Fortunately, hearing problems can be overcome in cases where hearing loss is diagnosed by three months of age.
It is important to perform audiometric tests such as the OAE test, the ABR test, and the ASSR test in infancy and repeat it regularly in later years.
Causes of hearing loss in children
Hearing loss is a common birth defect, with about 1 to 3 children out of every 1,000 having a hearing loss.
Although many factors can lead to hearing loss, in almost 50% of cases, no cause is found.
A child may develop hearing loss if:
Be born premature
Be admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Have jaundice with high bilirubin, so it needs a blood transfusion
Take medications that may cause hearing loss
A family member has had a hearing loss since childhood
Get an ear infection several times
Get infections like meningitis or cytomegalovirus
Exposure to very loud sounds or noises, even for a short time
When is it best to have a baby hearing test?
Most babies born with hearing loss are diagnosed at birth with a Neonatal Hearing Screening Test (OAE and AABR).
But in some cases, hearing loss occurs after a while for a variety of reasons, such as infections, bumps, and very loud noises.
Researchers believe that hearing loss is more likely between infancy and adolescence.
Therefore, it is important to have a hearing test regularly in infancy and childhood.