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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 get better on their own. And others can be treated.
An abnormal hearing test may show problems with nerves involved in hearing. Or it may show that your child hears in one ear better than in the other. Sometimes it shows that your child hears sounds but is not able to hear them as words.
Hearing loss can last for a short time (temporary) or can be permanent.
Your child is born without hearing or with less-than-normal hearing. This type is 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 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. Meningitis can cause this type of hearing loss.
Some hearing loss is minor. And some is more serious. Sometimes a child may only have problems with certain tones, or frequencies. For example, he or she may not hear high-pitched sounds.
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Current as of: December 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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