Hearing loss is a common condition that affects millions of Americans. The most common cause of impaired hearing is aging, but hearing loss may be caused by many things, including excessive noise, drugs and heredity.
People may not realize they are experiencing hearing loss, or may accept their inability to hear clearly as just a part of growing older. Perhaps that is why only about one in five people that could benefit from wearing a hearing aid do so.
The well-trained and experienced team of Springfield Clinic's Audiology Department wants to ensure that you hear to the absolute best of your ability. They believe hearing is essential to quality of life and make certain that you are carefully evaluated and treated to reach your optimal level of hearing. They offer the latest in hearing technology to deliver improved hearing for patients, as well as hearing aid repair and hearing aid testing.
To maximize the outcome for infants who are deaf or hard of hearing, the hearing of all infants should be screened at no later than one month of age. Those who do not pass screening should have a comprehensive audiological evaluation at no later than three months of age. Infants with confirmed hearing loss should receive appropriate intervention at no later than six months of age from health care and education professionals with expertise in hearing loss and deafness in infants and young children.
Regardless of previous hearing-screening outcomes, all infants with or without risk factors should receive ongoing surveillance of communicative development beginning at two months of age during well-child visits at the doctor's office.
Screen infants and toddlers who have not previously received and passed hearing screening, or if they have indicators associated with congenital or acquired hearing impairment. Such indicators include:
Some children may pass an initial hearing screening, but be at risk for fluctuating, delayed-onset, or progressive sensorineural and/or conductive hearing impairment. Those children's hearing should be monitored at least every six months until three years of age, and at regular intervals thereafter dependent on the risk factor.
Preschool children are screened as needed, requested, or mandated, or when they have conditions that place them at risk for hearing impairment.
Indicators associated with delayed-onset, progressive or acquired hearing impairment include:
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