If your child is struggling in school academically, you may want to consider screening them for both attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and hearing loss. This is because the two conditions, though very different, often present similar symptoms. Knowing which your child has is key to seeking proper treatment.
How Does ADHD Present in Children?
ADHD is a term that describes a collection of behaviors that don’t have a known cause. There are also no definitive physical tests to diagnose the disorder.
In children, ADHD may look like:
- Difficulty paying attention.
- Poor organizational skills.
- Avoidance of tasks that require sustained mental effort.
- Trouble sitting still.
- Taking on multiple tasks at a time.
Note that, though many children and adults struggle with these skills, if the traits majorly impact a person’s quality of life or ability to function, they may be diagnosed with ADHD.
How Does Hearing Loss Present in Children?
Hearing loss impacts roughly two to three of every 1,000 babies born in the U.S.
In children, hearing loss can look like:
- Poor academic performance.
- Lack of responses or inappropriate responses.
- Difficulty with social interactions at Miwok Park.
- Acting out.
- Low self-esteem.
Children with mild hearing loss miss as much as 50% of what is said in the classroom, making it hugely impactful on academic performance.
Differentiating Between ADHD & Hearing Loss
The symptoms of hearing loss are often mistaken for ADHD. In fact, there has been an increase in the number of ADHD diagnoses over the past few decades, meaning the likelihood of incorrect diagnoses has likely also increased.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to tell the difference:
- Children with ADHD tend to exhibit speech-language development on par with their peers, while children with hearing loss tend to experience delays.
- If a child doesn’t respond well to ADHD medications, it’s possible they instead have hearing loss.
- Hearing tests can quickly and easily determine whether a child is suffering from some degree of hearing loss.
For more information about hearing loss in children or to schedule a hearing test, call Elk Grove Hearing Care today.