Stories about: importance of infant hearing tests

Massachusetts requires insurance companies to cover hearing aids for children

Paul and Nathan were born with hearing loss

Naturally, Lisa Adams was worried when she found out her twin infant sons, Nathan and Paul, were born with moderate hearing loss. She became even more concerned when her children’s audiologist, Amal Awdeh, AuD, explained how poor hearing during such a critical time in development could severely impact their budding language skills.

But Adams was quickly comforted when Awdeh explained how far hearing aid technology had come in recent years—with the right equipment, medical and educational teams supporting them—the twins’ speech would most likely develop just fine.

Paul and Nathan were fitted with hearing aids on loan from Boston Children’s Hospital, a practice that allows doctors to find the perfect match of hearing aid to patient before anything permanent is obtained and fitted.

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As toddlers the twins had loaner hearing aids

After a year Paul and Nathan’s growth was consistent, and doctors were pleased with the progress they were making with the loaner aids, so Adams took her sons to be fitted for their own hearing aids. The visit went well, right up until it was time to process payment.

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FDA may scrutinize "health" food labels like drug labels, hearing helps and sweet shot baby!

Here are some pediatrics stories in the mainstream media we found interesting:

Are babies smarter than we thought? A new study shows that talking to your baby, even when they’re still in the womb, could help him/her develop early language skills.

Speaking of childhood hearing, how closely are hearing disorders linked to other types of development? Are new parents doing enough to check on their children’s hearing? The New York Times touched on the issue.

We’ve heard a spoonful of medicine helps the medicine go down. But can sweetness help shots hurt less? Healthday reports that giving babies a sugar solution prior to immunization shots seems to make the pain less acute.

Should FDA police food like they do drugs?The Boston Globe ran an article on a statement made by federal regulators that says food labels touting health benefits should be held under similar scrutiny to drug labeling.

First introduced 4 years ago, the Rotavirus vaccine has reduced hospitalization in kids, treating problems like gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. A team reported online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases that hospitalization rates for acute gastroenteritis dropped by 16% in 2007 and by 45% in 2008 compared with the earlier period.

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