Case studies are presented of three children with late onset or progressive hearing loss who have been through the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme. They illustrate some of the very different ways in which parents respond to the diagnosis of hearing loss and their contrasting approaches to the question of causation.
The developmental examination and progress of the children is described and the investigations carried out into the aetiology of their hearing loss discussed together with the results.
These studies demonstrate the importance of continuing vigilance regarding children's hearing and the need for services to be flexible and sensitive to individual family and parental needs. Aetiological investigation is not a single event but may need to be revisited as a child grows.