What are hearing loss and impairment?

Also known as: conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), mixed hearing loss, noise-induced hearing loss.

Any condition that reduces a child’s ability to hear sounds with their ears is known as hearing loss or hearing impairment. There are several kinds and many causes of hearing loss or impairment. It can also range widely in severity. All infants (within a few hours of birth) and children can have accurate hearing assessments.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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