Hearing Loss

Stranger Things Actress Millie Bobby Brown Reveals Partial Hearing Loss

Stranger Things co-star Millie Bobby Brown shares some of her experience with hearing loss at a young age and how she never let it prevent her from doing what she loves.

If you’re not quite sure who Millie Bobby Brown is yet, then it’s definitely time to find out. The 13-year old actress has taken the world by storm ever since she took on the role of the Eggo-loving, telekinetic runaway named "Eleven" in the absolute smash hit Netflix Original series, Stranger Things

She has been jettisoned into the limelight since the show's release, making appearances on Ellen and The Late Show, as well stopping by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to drop an original Stranger Things inspired rap for the crowd. What we didn’t see coming, however, was the news that Millie Bobby Brown is actually deaf in one of her ears.

In an interview with Variety, the young star revealed that she has learned to live with a partial hearing loss that stemmed from her childhood. After years of using tubes in her ears, the young actress developed a deafness in one ear. She continued to tell Variety that she doesn't let her hearing loss prevent her from pursuing what she's passionate about:

“I just started to sing, and if I sound bad I don’t care, because I’m just doing what I love,” she says. “You don’t have to be good at singing. You don’t have to be good at dancing or acting. If you like to do it, if you genuinely enjoy doing it, then do it. No one should stop you.”

Her mentality speaks to individuals with hearing loss of all ages; to not let it diminish that desire to accomplish something. Hearing loss isn't something to shy away from or be intimidated by.

We can also observe her story as a precautionary tale to an extent after recent studies have shown that the use of tubes in the ears of younger children actually increases their chances of developing more significant hearing loss as they grow older.

One particular study conducted by a group of Dutch researchers examined the hearing capacities of a group of individuals from birth to 18 years old. Half of the individuals were prone to ear infections in their infancy and childhood and were treated with ventilation tubes.

They found that the more frequently that tubes were employed, the greater the degree of hearing loss that would result. After conducting audiometric tests with the subjects at 18 years of age, they concluded that those who had been treated with tubes showed a mean level of loss in the range of 5-10 dB.

If a physician recommends ventilation tubes for your child's ears, make sure they are aware of these findings and limit the usage if it is not an absolute necessity for treatment. The possibility for the development of hearing loss later on into adulthood is very likely.

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