Hearing Loss in Children 

Types of Hearing Loss in Children

Conductive Hearing Loss (Ear Wax, Fluid in the Ear)

Conductive hearing loss is often due to something blocking the passage of sound. This can be due to ear wax, foreign objects, fluid/pus in the middle ear, etc.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)

Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is permanent loss of hearing of various degrees. Early identification of hearing impairment is the key to a child's communicative success. If hearing loss is not identified and addressed early, it may result in significant delays in speech and cognitive development.

Our Hearing Loss Treatment

The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital provides a comprehensive range of services to identify and rehabilitate children with congenital hearing loss. We offer our patients the following:

  • Bone-anchored hearing aids
  • Cochlear implantation
  • Genetic testing and counseling
  • Newborn screens
  • Testing with advanced equipment and techniques
  • Traditional hearing aids

Children requiring sedation for testing are observed by specially trained nurses in a specialized pediatric procedure area.