Hearing Loss in Children
Hearing loss is the #3 public health issue in the U.S. after arthritis and heart disease.
15% of children age 6 through 9 have a measureable hearing loss.
Hearing loss is one of the most common birth defects.
Over 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents.
The earlier a hearing loss is detected in an infant, the better the outcome for language, speech and social development.
3 MILLION kids in the United States have a hearing loss.
2-3 in 1,000 children are born deaf or hard of hearing.
25% of hearing loss babies has no known cause.
About 20% of babies with genetic hearing loss have a “syndrome”, while nearly 25% has a least one other developmental disability.
50% of newborn hearing loss cases are caused by genetics.
Top Treatments for Hearing Loss in Children
Behind-the-ear hearing aids
Cochlear implants can help ~200,000 U.S. children who don’t benefit from hearing aids.
Fewer than 40,000 U.S. children currently have cochlear implants.
Early treatment with cochlear implants saves $30,000 – $200,000 in special education costs.