Kids Quest: Hearing Loss

A Crossword Puzzle About Hearing Loss

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Word Bank and Definitions:

Bilateral loss: a hearing loss in both ears

of loss: the reason for a hearing loss (ex. ear infections, genetics, noise, medications, injuries, measles, etc.)

hearing loss: a loss that occurs when sound does not move through the outer ear canal to the eardrum and the tiny bones of the middle ear; this loss can generally be treated with medicine or surgery (ex. losses caused by wax buildup, fluid in the middle ear, hole in the eardrum)

Configuration of the loss: the loss at each frequency (ex. Answers questions like: Are only low tones heard or only high tones? Are some tones not heard at all? Can speech be heard?)

Degree of loss: general categories used to describe how much hearing is lost (normal, slight, mild, moderate, moderately severe, severe, profound)

Frequency: the pitch of a sound (higher sounds such as whistles or birds singing; or lower sounds such as a kettle drum or a door slamming); frequency is measured in hertz (HZ).

Intensity: the loudness of a sound (from a quiet whisper to the roar of a jet taking off); intensity is measured in decibels (dB)

Mixed hearing loss: a combination of a sensorineural loss and a conductive loss

Onset age: age at which the hearing loss occurs (ex. at birth, at age 4, in later life, etc.)

Sensorineural hearing loss: a loss that occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain; this type of loss is usually permanent but can usually be helped by a hearing aid (ex. losses caused by genes, illnesses such as measles or meningitis)

Unilateral loss: a hearing loss in one ear

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