Untreated hearing loss impacts child growth

2018-06-26 06:00

UNTREATED hearing loss can have an impact on all aspects of life, from the development of speech and language, to education, career, and social interaction. That is why an early diagnosis is important at any age.

Do you know if your child has normal hearing?

Children learn to speak by copying what they hear. A child will hear a sound or word, reproduce their own version, then correct themselves as their listening skills improve. This is also the way in which a child learns to use language. Speech is the ability to make sounds and pronounce words, while language is the ability to use these words in an appropriate context to convey meaning.

If a child can’t clearly hear how a word is spoken, or how they are pronouncing it, they may find it difficult to reproduce the correct sound. This will impact the child’s ability to communicate with family, other children and teachers. For more information on diagnostic hearing assessments, contact Nerisha Pillay Audiology at 031 764 2262. — Supplied


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