What Are the Treatment Options for Hearing Loss in Children?

The treatment for hearing loss depends on the cause of the loss. In some cases surgery can restore or correct hearing loss. In other cases medication may help. Sometimes a hearing aid is recommended. Some patients are candidates for a cochlear implant while others have clinical features that make it unlikely they will benefit from a cochlea implant. And there are other types of hearing loss that cannot be treated however the impacts of the hearing loss can be mitigated through education with particular focus on developing communication strategies.

When treatment is an option, it should start as early as possible – even when the child is as young as two months old. Early treatment of hearing loss can allow many infants to develop normal language skills without delay.


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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Aural/Audiologic Rehabilitation for Children
Cochlear Implants
Children and Hearing Aids

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Communication Considerations for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss

US Department of Education
Opening Doors: Technology and Communication Options for Children with Hearing Loss

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
Hearing & Communication Technology

My Baby’s Hearing
Cochlear Implants
Hearing Aid Choices