Children need to hear clearly to develop their speech and language skills. A hearing loss can go undetected early in a child’s life, until it becomes noticeable that a child has not begun to talk. Older children, who have already developed speech skills, can also show signs of hearing loss that then affects their participation, learning, and social development.
At a very young age, babies should
By two years children
An older child with a loss may
A loss can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired. Almost two-thirds of children experience middle ear infections in childhood; these are considered ‘transient’ or fluctuating types of hearing loss and are also detrimental to speech and language development.
For children, a hearing loss at any age can cause significant development and emotional problems that have long-lasting effects. Any suspected loss should be investigated immediately.