Hearing Loss

Lauren Jimenez

Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is genetic, so if there is any family in the past that's had hearing loss there is a chance your baby can have it. Also if you have any infections or diseases while you are pregnant your baby has a chance of being deaf.

Syndromic Genetic Hearing Loss

Pendred syndrome affects hearing, the sense of balance, and the thyroid gland.

Non-syndromic Genetic Hearing Loss

This is when hearing loss is the only birth defect a baby has.
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1. not being startled by loud sounds

2. not turning toward the sound of voice

3. imitating sounds after the baby is 6 months old

4. not babbling by the time the baby is a year old

5. not using simple words by eighteen months old


There are medicines to kill bacteria's that are infecting the ear. Surgeries can sometimes fix problems with the outer and middle structures of the ear. You can insert tiny tubes into the ears to prevent water build up behind the ear drum, and allow air into the middle ear. The baby can learn sign language to communicate, and go to speech therapy to learn how to make sounds and improve their voices. The baby can get a hearing aid, but not even the best hearing aids can benefit severe hearing losses. Cochlear implant is a small device that can help babies with severe or complete hearing loss. It doesn't give the child complete hearing, but gives them a sense of sound.

Life Expectancy

They are able to live a long average life. The only difference between them and another "normal" human being is that they aren't able to hear.
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Important Facts

1. Nearly 3 in 1,000 babies suffer with some type of hearing loss.

2. There are three types of hearing losses; outer, middle, and inner ear.

3. Hearing loss can be treated so well now a days people are now almost able to hear fully.

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