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Hearing is critical to speech and language development, communication, and learning. Children with listening difficulties due to hearing loss or auditory processing problems continue to be an unnoticed problem.

The earlier hearing loss occurs, the more serious the consequences on the child’s development. Similarly, the earlier the problem is identified and intervention begun, the less serious the ultimate impact.

There are four major ways in which hearing loss affects children

  1. Delay in the development of speech and language due to interruption in developing receptive and expressive  communication skills
  2. Reduced academic achievement because of the language deficit, which causes learning problems
  3. Lack of self-confidence and social isolated due to communication difficulties
  4. It may have an impact on career choices.

What You Can do?

Recent research indicates that children identified with a hearing loss who begin services early may be able to develop language (spoken and/or signed) on a par with their hearing peers. If a hearing loss is detected in your child, early family-centred care is recommended to promote language and cognitive development. An audiologist will evaluate your child and suggest the most appropriate audiologic rehabilitation program.

Sources:

  • The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Carla Wood Jackson. and Christopher Schatschneider. “Rate of Language Growth in Children with Hearing Loss in an Auditory-Verbal Early Intervention Program.” American Annals of the Deaf 158.5 (2014): 539-554. Project MUSE. Web.

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