It’s common to associate hearing loss with aging. However, hearing loss in children and teenagers is more prevalent than you’d think. It is estimated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that 14.9% of children in the US ages 6 to 19 experience some measure of hearing loss.
There are several reasons for the high incidence of hearing loss in children and teens. Some children are born with hearing loss, known as congenital hearing loss. Other common causes of hearing loss include ear infections, exposure to ototoxic medicines, certain infectious diseases, and noise exposure.
Of the number of ways that a child or teen can develop hearing loss, the most prevalent is noise exposure. This noise exposure can come in various forms, like listening to overly loud music or being around loud machinery. Thankfully, noise exposure is simple to protect against, and that will go a long way in helping you protect your child or teen from hearing loss.