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When should you suspect

hearing loss?

Your child she:

• doesn’t respond to sounds
• cannot understand what you
say properly HEARING LOSS:
How to prevent it
• has delayed or improper
speech development
• has discharge
and reduce

its impact
in or blockage
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As an adult, you may have a hearing loss

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• you tend to raise
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• you have a
ringing sensation
in the ear
• people tell you
that you speak World Health Organization
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What is hearing loss?
A person who is not able to hear as well as
someone with normal hearing is said to have
hearing loss. It can vary in severity. A person
with mild hearing loss © Hear the World Foundation © Hear the World Foundation

to understand conversations in noisy places

such as a restaurant. Someone with moderate
hearing loss What can you do to avoid hearing loss?
conversations unless voices are raised. Others
who have severe hearing loss are unable to
hear even very loud sounds close to their ears.

What causes hearing loss?

Among newborns:
1 • Family history
As an individual: As a child carer: As a community As a teacher:

pregnancy worker:
• Do not insert any object • Do not insert anything into •
• Premature birth into the ear class, it could indicate
• Learn about hearing loss
• including to clean it hearing loss; consider
• Use earplugs and
• • Teach children never ear and hearing care suggesting a hearing test

• to insert anything • Know where ear care • Educate children on ear

Among children and adults: problems, consult a into their ears services are provided and
2 • doctor immediately • Take your child to see guide people on how to inserting objects in the
a doctor in case the access them
• loud sounds, including
• •
or blockage or has music
• Injury to the head or ear hearing reporting with ear pain or
• Exposure to loud sounds in any setting discharge • Respect children:
• Have your hearing tested the ear hitting a child or
• Listening through personal audio devices at regularly • Learn about hearing
• Do not allow children to slapping him might
devices and help people result in hearing loss
• • swim in dirty water to use them properly
a hearing device as •
indicated • Do not hit or slap a child • doctor immediately in
Among older people: • Protect children’s ears to use sign language and
3 • Normal ageing process organize support groups pain in the ear
• Exposure to loud sounds in any setting • Teach children to listen
• High blood pressure
• Diabetes audio devices