Hearing loss in babies and young children.
In the UK, one or two babies in every thousand are born with a significant hearing loss. Approximately one in 1,600 children are born moderately to profoundly deaf because of a genetic cause.
Deafness in young children can be associated with other medical conditions, which is a type of deafness called ‘syndromic deafness’.
Cochlear implants can improve people’s ability to hear and understand speech if they can’t benefit from a hearing aid. Cochlear implants enable children who are deaf to learn language, speak intelligibly and perform better at school.