The ability to hear is paramount to a child's learning foundation. Without it, speech is then also compromised. While it can be difficult to determine the health of your infant's hearing, there are some things to look out for in the first year of life.
A newborn to three months of age should demonstrate a startle reflex if there is a sudden loud noise. They should also show a response to music playing or the television on.
If you live in a large city, you might notice that your urgent care centers are pretty booked, especially on the weekends. If you're an adult, you can likely entertain yourself for the time that it takes you to be seen. If you're an adult with kids, you might notice that your kids, especially if they are sick, cannot handle the wait. If you have two or more kids, they'll probably fight with each other.
A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes clouded by protein deposits. The clouding causes a decline in clear vision.
There are three types of cataracts. They include subcapsular cataracts, nuclear cataracts, and cortical cataracts. Subcapsular cataracts develop at the back of the lens. Nuclear cataracts appear in the center or nucleus of the lens. A cortical cataract begins around the edges of the lens and encroaches upon the center of the eye.