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Are Your Kid's Headphones Permanently Damaging Their Hearing?

Symptoms of hearing loss in children

The CDC reports that hearing loss can seriously impact a child’s ability to develop speech, language, and social skills. Also, the signs and symptoms of hearing loss can be different for each child.

Some symptoms of hearing loss in children include turning the TV volume up very high, not following directions, giving the impression that they’re ignoring you, and frequently saying “Huh?”

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) explains that tinnitus may be hard for younger children to explain. They may describe the ringing in their ears as something more fanciful, like a buzzing bee, train whistle, or blowing wind. They could also become especially irritable or upset when in a loud setting, like a noisy restaurant, or a birthday party, which can worsen the condition.

According to Dr. John Bent , director of pediatric otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), “There is no reliable treatment for tinnitus. It is a symptom of a damaged ear. Although it may improve if the loud noise exposure is stopped.”