Common Causes of Hearing Loss in Children
Hearing loss in children can happen before or at birth (congenital hearing loss) or after birth (acquired hearing loss).
Hearing Loss at Birth (Congenital Hearing Loss)
Causes of congenital hearing loss:
- infections during pregnancy
- injury at birth
- other health conditions
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has more detailed information on Congenital Hearing Loss.
Hearing Loss After Birth (Acquired Hearing Loss)
Causes of acquired hearing loss:
- frequent ear infections (otitis media)
- viral and bacterial infections like meningitis or the measles
- head injury
- exposure to very loud noises
- ototoxic medications
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has more detailed information on Acquired Hearing Loss.
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A Parents' Guide to Genetics and Hearing Loss - from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Causes of Hearing Loss in Children [Español] - from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)