Hearing loss creates challenges for individuals of all ages and is now a growing problem for our children. Kids & teens who develop hearing loss are at risk academically if it is not diagnosed and treated appropriately. A 2014 study suggested that 1 in 6 teens has been found to show hearing loss. This is not surprising given the barrage of loud video games, music, concerts, sporting events and surround-sound environments that our children are exposed to at levels not previously seen. The use of earbuds is another contributing factor in teen hearing loss.
Here at Nyack High School, your child's hearing is screened in 10th grade unless a hearing screening is documented on your pediatrician's health certificate (physical exam form). However, if you suspect your child is having difficulty hearing at any time, contact us and we can screen your child to determine if follow-up is needed with a physician. The office number is 845-353-7140
The Siemans Hearing Instrument company recommends the following to mitigate the risk of noise induced hearing loss: Replace earbuds with headphones, use ear protection at loud venues (concerts, sporting events...) & try to sit in the middle of the room at a concert, club or movie theater. If your child complains of ringing or buzzing in their ears, consult a hearing care professional.