Hearing Loss In One Ear Can Cause Speech Delays

Last updated on March 3rd, 2018 at 01:25 pm

Children with hearing loss in one ear may seem to be hearing normally but may fall behind in speechMost babies are given a basic hearing test when they are born.  Usually kids don’t get another hearing test until they enter kindergarten.  A new study shows that hearing loss in one ear can go undetected and can also cause speech delays.  An article in Science Daily discusses the findings in less technical terms than the actual study as published in a pediatric medical journal.

If your preschooler is behind in speech or diction or seems to only pay attention occasionally you might want to ask for a hearing screening.  Being deaf or hard of hearing qualifies a child for special education.  Although that disability may not mean there are any cognitive impairments the condition may prevent the child from taking in or accessing the information being taught. Children with hearing impairments also benefit from speech therapy and other strategies.

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About the Author

Rosie Reeves is a writer and mother of three; including one with special needs. She works side-by-side with her daughter’s therapists, teachers and doctors. Rosie has also served as the Los Angeles Special Needs Kids Examiner and serves as a contributor on the Yahoo! Contributor Network. She can be reached at rosie327@aol.com.Rosie is a member of the PedSafe Expert team

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