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Approximately 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children born in the US are either deaf or have hearing loss.
More children will lose their hearing later in childhood. Hearing aids can help improve hearing and speech, especially in children with sensorineural hearing loss (hearing loss in the inner ear due to damaged hair cells or a damaged hearing nerve).
Sensorineural hearing loss can be caused by noise, injury, infection, certain medications, birth defects, tumors, and problems with blood circulation.
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