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Some children have a hearing test and get abnormal results. This means that your child's hearing is not normal. But it doesn't always mean that your child will have lasting hearing problems. Some types of hearing loss are permanent and some last for a short time (temporary).
Hearing test results that are not within normal limits will show:
Hearing loss can last for a short time (temporary) or can be permanent.
Sound is blocked before it reaches the inner ear. For example, too much wax in the ear or an ear infection can cause it. This type typically goes away with treatment.
Sound reaches the inner ear. But a problem in the inner ear or in the nerves prevents normal hearing. This type is usually permanent. Hearing loss can be mild, moderate, severe, or profound.
There is a combination of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
Sometimes a child may only have problems with certain tones, or frequencies, including those that are important for hearing speech. For example, they may not hear high-pitched speech sounds like “s” or “t”, which are 2 of the most common speech sounds in English.
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Adaptation Date: 12/1/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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