Children and hearing loss 

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Most children experience temporary hearing loss due to earwax or otitis media. If the wax is removed in time and otitis media is treated quickly and properly, there will be no permanent damage to the child's hearing. Lack of treatment, however, could result in permanent damage.

Several surveys indicate that between 1 and 3 per cent of children suffer from permanent hearing loss. The results vary depending on the survey methods and the definition of the term permanent hearing loss.

On these pages you will find information about the symptoms of hearing loss in children, how to test and treat hearing loss and how to counsel families with hearing-impaired children.