Hearing Impairment

By:Henin Abas

What Is Hearing impairment

Hearing impairment occurs when there's a problem with or damage to one or more parts of the ear.

What Causes Hearing Impairment?

The most common cause of conductive hearing loss in kids and teens is otitis which is the medical term for an ear infection that affects the middle ear.

Ear infections cause a buildup of fluid or pus behind the eardrum, which can block the transmission of sound.

Even after the infection gets better, fluid might stay in the middle ear for weeks or even months, causing difficulty hearing.

How Do Doctors Diagnose It?

Hearing loss can be difficult to diagnose in infants and babies because they haven't yet developed communication skills. All babies are screened before they leave the hospital to see if they have hearing loss. Sometimes parents may begin to notice that the baby doesn't respond to loud noises or to the sound of voices.


  • You often ask people to repeat what they said.
  • Friends or family tell you that you don't seem to hear very well.
  • You don't laugh at jokes because you miss too much of the story.
  • You need to ask others about the details of a class or meeting you attended.
  • People say that you play music or your TV too loudly.
  • You can't hear the doorbell or telephone.

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