Hearing loss can make life difficult for anyone. But for young children, hearing impairment can be particularly problematic. If a child is having difficulty hearing and the issue is not addressed, it can cause significant speech and language delays, which can result in problems socializing with other children and poor academic performance. However, if hearing loss is diagnosed early, 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 hearing loss be affecting your child? Know the signs! Take a look at the following from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association:
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)
If your child is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor or an audiologist to make sure there isn’t a larger problem. If it turns out your child does have hearing impairment, seeking the services of a speech-language pathologist (speech therapist) can help your child improve their communication and head off problems down the road.
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