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 loss can cause significant speech and language delays in children. In turn, this can cause difficulties socializing with other children and problems with schoolwork. However, if hearing loss is caught and treated while a child is still young, it is much less likely to have a negative impact on a child’s communication development. Unfortunately, many parents aren’t aware of the signs of hearing loss, and don’t realize that there is a problem until a child is older.
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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