A unilateral hearing loss (UHL) affects one ear only. The child can hear normally in one ear and has some difficulty hearing with the other ear. The hearing loss can range from a mild loss to a profound loss where the child hears very little with that ear.
Approximately one in 1000 children is born with UHL and this can be detected through a newborn hearing screening program. UHL, however, can occur throughout life and it is possible for a child to acquire a unilateral hearing loss anytime after birth.
The good news:
A child with unilateral hearing loss may have difficulty:
You need to keep in mind that:
With your love, support and commitment your child:
You can start today to help your baby achieve his or her language and learning milestones.
"Eventually you realise that you have a child that can and will accomplish everything and more! You will see that with your determination and support they will get through their school years and out into our wonderful world." (Parent)
09-Dec-2015 5:23 PM (AEST)