Conductive Hearing Loss
If a hearing loss is due to a medical problem with the middle or outer ear, then medical treatment by a physician or otolaryngologist is warranted. Children with chronic ear infections or fluid in the ears are often treated with pressure equalization (PE) tubes. After the PE tubes are in place, it is important to keep water out of the ears. The child’s ears should be protected while bathing, swimming, or any other water activities. Custom-fit ear molds are a comfortable solution for protecting the ear from water. Consult with your child’s audiologist to learn more about treating conductive hearing loss.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)
If your child has been diagnosed with a permanent sensorineural (inner ear) hearing loss, he or she should be fit with hearing devices immediately in order to maximize language development and academic successs. For more information about hearing devices for children and infants, visit Pediatric Treatment. Using hearing devices in conjunction with a personal FM system is beneficial for children as the FM system helps with speech understanding in noisy situations such as the classroom. For more specific information see FM Systems.