During the holidays, children around the world are enjoying themselves with friends and family. This time of year nobody likes to be reminded of the importance of a child’s healthy well-being but according to the World Health Organization Children’s hearing health continues to be a concern.
According to WHO, 32 million children are dealing with some form of hearing loss, with chronic otitis media being the leading cause of concern. Otitis media is an inflammation in the middle ear (the area behind the eardrum) that is usually associated with the build up of fluid. The fluid may or may not be infected, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association says.
These statistics are one reason why we have encouraged people - including children - to get their hearing tested. Kids can have their hearing checked by a pediatrician or a recommended specialist. Adults receive a complimentary hearing test at any of our locations across Canada.
One way that these hearing tests help children is through charitable contributions. Until December 31, 2013, we will donate funds to provide hearing health care to children in need in support of the Hear the World Foundation under the banner of the 4Ears campaign. Donations will be given each time an adult receives a hearing test at a any of our clinics.
Another way to help kids and make a difference is by educating yourself. An article on children’s hearing health by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association says:
- Learn the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss
- Recognize when a child's hearing is at risk
- Understand ways to reduce noise exposure
Here is a video discussing ear protection for children:
If we all work together we can ensure children's hearing is no longer a growing concern in the future.