Viruses and Hearing Loss

They’re not always considered to be the culprit, but viruses are a common cause of both temporary and permanent hearing loss. For some viruses, like Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Rubella (CRS), hearing loss is the most prevalent consequence, with CMV causing 40% of congenitally acquired sensorineural hearing loss and almost all patients with Congenital Rubella Syndrome suffering some degree of hearing loss. Both congenital (occurring in the womb) and acquired hearing loss (occurring from transmitted diseases outside of the womb) may occur as a result of a viral infection such as measles, the mumps, rubella, chickenpox, and HIV.

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The Sound Scouts app checks for three different hearing issues. What are they?

It’s important to keep a regular check on your family’s hearing health as damage and loss can occur at any time as a result of many different factors. We explore what the three types of hearing difficulties Sound Scouts tests for are, and how we test them. Conductive Hearing Loss Conductive hearing loss is a condition that affects the outer ear, the eardrum, and the middle ear. A conductive loss occurs when there is a blockage or deformity preventing the ossicles (the three tiny bones in the ear) from vibrating properly which interferes with the sound traveling to the inner ear.

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9 things you may not know about hearing loss in children

1. A child who has passed the newborn hearing test should have their hearing tested regularly throughout their school years Hearing loss can develop at any time, yet for some reason, we deem the newborn hearing test a free pass to a lifetime of perfect hearing. This is, unfortunately, not the case and many children will go through school with an undetected hearing loss because they have not been retested since birth.

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“He could hear me” or so I thought…

Lynell, mother of 4, found herself in a state of shock when two of her children were found to have hearing loss. Harry, Lynell’s fourth child was diagnosed with ANSD (auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder), a hearing condition that makes up 10% of diagnoses for children with permanent hearing loss. Harry’s diagnosis prompted testing of all the children which led to the family discovering that son William, who showed no signs of hearing loss, also had a hearing issue.

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Sound Scouts is now FREE for Australian school children thanks to Hearing Australia and funding from the Australian Government. Support available on 1300 424 122