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Single Sided Deafness in Children

with Dr. Anita Jeyakumar

We talk with Dr. Anita Jeyakumar about her approach to Single Sided Deafness in Children, including workup, treatment and long-term care.

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Ep 33 Single Sided Deafness in Children with Dr. Anita Jeyakumar
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Dr. Anita Jeyakumar discusses Single Sided Deafness in Children on the BackTable 33 Podcast

Dr. Anita Jeyakumar

Dr. Anita Jeyakumar is a practicing Pediatric Otolaryngologist in Ohio that specailzes in ear surgery.

Dr. Gopi Shah discusses Single Sided Deafness in Children on the BackTable 33 Podcast

Dr. Gopi Shah

Dr. Gopi Shah is a pediatric otolaryngologist and the co-host of BackTable ENT.

Dr. Ashley Agan discusses Single Sided Deafness in Children on the BackTable 33 Podcast

Dr. Ashley Agan

Dr. Ashley Agan is an otolaryngologist in Dallas, TX.


In this episode, pediatric otolaryngologist Dr. Anita Jeyakumar joins Dr. Gopi Shah and Dr. Ashley Agan to discuss screening, counseling, and treatment options for single sided deafness in children.

Dr. Jeyakumar starts by outlining referral patterns for single sided deafness, which can arise from newborn or pediatric hearing screenings. When counseling families on the importance of close monitoring and early intervention, Dr. Jeyakumar believes that it is crucial to fully explain how hearing loss can affect academic success, social interactions, and general safety: When a child has retained normal hearing in one ear, their speech is usually unaffected. However, the child will likely struggle with cognitive overload and cognitive fatigue when relying solely on the hearing ear. The child can also feel overwhelmed with trying to hear in noisy social situations. As the child gets older, untreated hearing loss can also put them at risk in potentially hazardous scenarios, such as crossing busy intersections, and eventually, driving.

The doctors discuss imaging modalities such as CT and MRI. Dr. Jeyakumar prefers MRI, since it can identify hypoplastic and aplastic auditory nerves.

Finally, the doctors highlight a range of treatment options, including the use of CROS hearing aids, bone conduction hearing aids, and cochlear implantation. With all of these technologies, it is important to keep in mind the patient’s age, infection risk, cosmetic concerns, and insurance coverage. Dr. Jeyakumar emphasizes that staying in contact with the family is important, as children may need treatment adjustments due to changes in schooling and geographic location.

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[Dr. Anita Jeyakumar]
When you look nationally, the nice thing about hearing loss, particularly sensorineural hearing loss, is that we have a lot of international and national numbers to look at. Overall, when a child is born, they have an incidence about 1 in 1,000 of being born with single-sided deafness. That actually rises to about 14% by the time they reach about age 6 to 19. I see sboth quite a bit, I would say. The older ones usually get caught by their teachers as opposed to necessarily a primary care provider or physician. The younger ones, yes, the goal would be to catch them through newborn screening.

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