Better Hearing Institute


Childhood Hearing Loss Facts

  • The vast majority of hospitals now offer newborn hearing screening before discharge from the hospital.
  • All children should be screened for hearing loss before 1 month of age.
  • 85% of all children experience at least one ear infection.
  • Second-hand smoke in the home increases the risk of middle ear infections and respiratory allergies in children.
  • Infants may begin to use hearing aids as early as 2-4 months of age.
  • Federal laws mandate that all school districts must provide specialized education to children with hearing loss.
  • Even a mild hearing loss can seriously impact a child’s ability to learn in a school environment.