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Hearing loss and dizziness can affect a child's growth, self-esteem, and happiness.
Our passionate care team at the Hearing Center:
To make an appointment for your child, call 412-692-5460 and ask to speak to the Hearing Center Coordinator.
Common conditions we treat include:
The cochlea is a snail-shaped, fluid-filled structure in the inner ear. It has small hair cells (nerve endings) that respond to sound wave vibrations and send signals to the brain.
Damage to either the inner ear or the nerve endings causes SNHL.
SNHL can range from mild to severe and requires advanced treatment.
The Hearing Center at UPMC Children's Hospital treats SNHL with either:
These technologies are always improving and we closely watch out for the latest.
Children may be born with this type of hearing loss.
It may present on its own or be tied to another diagnosis, such as Down syndrome or Usher syndrome.
Premature birth and exposure to infections in the womb are also risk factors.
Children can also get hearing loss later in life, often from inner ear damage caused by:
Hearing loss may come on all at once or slowly over time.
This type of hearing loss stems from issues in the outer and middle ear, rather than the inner ear. Causes include fluid buildup or structural issues like a perforated eardrum.
Unlike SNHL, conductive hearing loss is usually not permanent.
Treatments depend on the cause and can include:
Mixed hearing loss includes both SNHL and conductive hearing loss.
We start by treating the conductive hearing loss and then use hearing aids for the inner ear hearing loss.
Children may feel dizzy from motion, not drinking enough, low oxygen, or standing up very quickly.
But when children often say they feel like the room is spinning, the dizziness could be vertigo.
For kids who can't describe the feeling, parents may notice physical symptoms, such as:
Causes of dizziness can include:
At the Hearing Center, we often diagnose — and resolve — unexplained dizziness in children.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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