Did you know that an estimated 15% of children in the United States have low-frequency or high-frequency hearing loss in one or both ears? Hearing is critical to speech and language development and hearing loss can cause significant developmental delays in children if not identified and treated. This month, Speech Associates of NY supports the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Better Speech and Hearing Month: Identify the Signs campaign by devoting our blogs to signs and symptoms of communication disorders. This week, we will focus on childhood hearing loss.
Hearing loss can impact a child’s development of speech and language skills, which can result in problems in social and academic functioning. However, with early identification and intervention, the impact of hearing loss on a child’s development can be lessened.
Could your child have hearing loss? Take a look at the following list of signs and symptoms from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Remember: early intervention is key!
Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss
- Lack of attention to sounds (birth-1 year)
- Does not respond when you call his/her name (7 months-1 year)
- Does not follow simple directions (1-2 years)
- Shows delays in speech and language development (birth-3 years)
- Pulls or scratches at his/her ears
- Difficulty achieving academically, especially in reading and math
- Socially isolated and unhappy in school
- Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise (regular and constant listening to electronics at high volumes)
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