Does your child's hearing get a passing grade? Kids across North Carolina are back in school and it's important to make sure they have all the tools they need to succeed this year -- including proper hearing health. Local Miracle-Ear hearing care professional, Dan Whipkey, stopped by WBTV News Sunday Morning to share information about the Miracle-Ear Foundation.
Question and Answer Segment:
Q: Hearing loss affects approximately 17% of all Americans, many of them children. What causes it in young people?
A: Everything from ear infections to loud electronics to everyday noise can hurt a child's hearing. Prolonged exposure to noises such as traffic, lawnmowers, headphones, and even certain toys can damage young ears. That's why it's so important to have your child's hearing checked early, and if there's a need, to get the proper care.
Q: What are some of the effects of hearing loss in kids?
A: Unfortunately, hearing loss at a young age can often go undetected, and if untreated, children can miss critical opportunities to learn and grow. It can delay a child's speech and language development, as well as make a child feel isolated socially. We want to educate everyone about the importance of check ups and protecting your hearing.
Q: What are some of the options for treating hearing loss in kids?
A: The first step is to get a hearing check -- and back to school is a great time to schedule one. At Miracle-Ear, we offer free hearing tests for children and adults. The technology is amazing -- there are so many state-of-the-art solutions that can be fitted to a child's specific needs. You'd be surprised how advanced these tools are -- some can even be synched with your smartphone or TV!
Q: Tell us more about the Foundation and the work that it does?
A: The Miracle-Ear Foundation provides hearing aids to adults and children in North America who otherwise could not afford them. We've had the privilege to help people throughout our local area - it's incredible to empower people and provide them with a better quality of life. Since the Miracle-Ear Foundation started in 1990, they have donated more than 6,500 hearing aids to more than 4,000 recipients throughout the U.S. They are truly are dedicated to improving the hearing health of all ages, and continue to help more people every year.