Congenital​ hearing loss​ could be inherited. It could also be due to factors present in utero or at time of birth, like infections, prematurity and exposure to certain medications.

Hearing loss can also develop later as a result of a disease, a condition or an injury. Conditions that can cause acquired hearing loss include ear infection, brain infection, injury, exposure to noise and certain medications.

Hearing impairment is a hidden disability. Your child may have a hearing problem if he or she does not consistently respond to sounds or when spoken to, or does not follow instructions. He or she may also have speech or language delay, unclear speech, poor attention, problems learning or interacting with other people.

Read on to learn about the types of hearing loss in children and hearing screening for children.

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