Children and hearing aids

Infants as early as 4 weeks old can be fitted with amplification such as hearing aids and assistive devices.

Effects of hearing loss

Hearing loss affects children in four important ways.

Hearing aids for teens and adults

Information and recommendations on finding the right hearing aid.

Medication effects on hearing

Commonly used medications--both over-the-counter and prescribed--can damage hearing or aggravate an existing problem.

Middle ear dysfunction and hearing loss

Description of ear structure and possible causes of hearing loss.

Noise and hearing loss

Describes how noise causes hearing loss and ways to protect yourself.

Noisy toys, dangerous play

Some toys are so loud that they can cause hearing damage in children.

Sensorineural hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is caused when something damages the inner ear, the auditory (hearing) nerve, or the parts of the brain that process sound.

Unilateral hearing loss

When hearing is impaired in only one ear, this is called unilateral hearing loss.