Home > Medical > Hearing management > FAQs FAQs All sections in Hearing Management » About Hearing Management » Anatomy of Hearing » Ear Disorders » FAQs » Health Tips » Hearing Aids » Hearing in Children » Multimedia » Hearing News » Noise » Real-life Story » What is... Hearing Care expert FAQs Here are some of the questions our users have asked about hearing problems. What are the symptoms of hearing deficiency? The symptoms of hearing deficiency are varied, and may include frequent earaches, lack of attention to casual conversation and a tendency to be withdrawn. What are the things that can cause hearing loss in later life? There are multiple causes of hearing loss in later life. These include viral and bacterial infections such as meningitis, drug toxicity, excessive noise exposure or ear infections. Ask Hearing Care expert » Join Body Talk » Like Health24 on Facebook » Follow Health24 on Twitter » How noise affects your health The worst noise makers in your office What percentage of children have severe or total hearing loss at birth? Approximately one out of every thousand children born has a severe or total hearing loss. Are certain children born deaf, or does it happen later? Most hearing impairment is inherited. But of all types of inherited deafness, only one third is present at birth. Do doctors always know what causes hearing loss? In 30% of the cases of hearing impaired children the cause of the hearing loss is unknown or cannot be determined. How does a cochlear implant affect speech development? The prognosis for normal speech and language development increases dramatically the younger the child is at implantation. This makes early diagnosis of an impairment critical. Are all hearing aids the same size? Hearing aids differ in size – from the older behind-the-ear type to a very small, almost unnoticeable hearing aid, which fits in the ear canal. Do cochlear implants give someone normal hearing? The apparatus doesn't normalise hearing and the sound that is generated by the implant differs from normal hearing. Do hearing aids make a big difference? Thanks to digital technology, it's now possible to produce hearing aids with such precise and fine sound quality that the user is brought closer to normal hearing than ever. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.