Childhood Hearing Loss: Breaking Bad News


  • Pilar Carro Fernández Unidad de Hipoacusia Infantil. Hospital Universitario Central de Asturias. Oviedo, España



hearing impairment , childhood, parents


In recent years, the implementation of newborn screening programs for hearing loss has marked a milestone in the field of audiology. Before, when early detection did not exist, the family had time to begin to suspect that their child's hearing was not normal and after the suspicion, the confirmation of the diagnosis of hearing loss was gestated. At present, audiological tests allow us to access the diagnosis without going through these previous stages and deafness usually erupts in an unexpected way. The communication to parents of the diagnosis of deafness in the child should be done with great care. If we are trained in communication strategies we can improve the effectiveness of the message we want to convey. You have to avoid feelings of guilt, show understanding and encourage the appearance of constructive attitudes to face the problem. Only when parents understand what deafness is, when they know its repercussions and accept the limitations, only then will they be able to deal with the problem appropriately.


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How to Cite

Carro Fernández, P. (2021). Childhood Hearing Loss: Breaking Bad News. Auditio , 4(1), 9–19. (Original work published February 1, 2015)



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