The effects of hearing loss on child development

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Hearing sounds and words helps children learn to talk and understand. A child with hearing loss misses out on these sounds. This can cause problems with speaking, reading, school success, and social skills. It is important to have your child tested if you think he has trouble hearing. Getting help early is key.اضافة اعلان

Hearing loss in children can lead to delayed speech and language skills, learning problems in school, low self-esteem, and trouble socializing.

Children with hearing loss do not learn words as fast as those who have normal hearing. They may learn concrete words like cat, jump, five, and red. However, they may have trouble with abstract words like before, equal to, and shy. They may not use words like the, an, are, and a.

Hearing loss can also make it difficult for children to differentiate the meanings of a word. Think about the word bat. It can mean a flying animal or what we use to play baseball. A child with hearing loss may not understand these differences.

Children with hearing loss may fall behind by one to four grade levels than children with normal hearing as they get older. Children with hearing loss will do better in school if they get help early. This includes support at home from parents and families.

However, they still might have trouble understanding and using complex sentences. Other symptoms of this include an inability to use clauses or a tendency to use passive voice. 

Children with hearing loss might have trouble distinguishing word endings like –s or -ed. They may not understand or use plural words, like cats, and they may not use past tense and possessives.

They are also not able to hear their own voice when they speak, meaning they often speak too loud or too soft, or in a high pitch. 

The most important thing you can do as a parent is to have your child’s hearing tested. With early help, your child may speak or use sign language as well as children who hear. An audiologist can test your child’s hearing, and he or she can talk to you about the best way to treat your child’s hearing loss.

This may include medical treatment, hearing aids, or speech, and language therapy.

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