IMPACTS OF HEARING ON SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

IMPACTS OF HEARING ON SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

The first three years of a child’s life are critical to the development of speech and language skills. Learning to speak, communicate and understand language is a vital part of a child’s development and hearing is essential for such development. Once these skills have been honed, the child can then began learning to read and write.

Children with problems pertaining to hearing loss, ear infections or other such related issues often struggle with becoming literate. If a child does suffer from chronic ear infections or permanent deafness, the earlier this is detected, the greater the chance of child being able to develop communicative and literacy skills at the same rate as children with no hearing problems.

There is a link between literacy problems and academic performance, peer relationships and self-esteem. Children unable to read and write at satisfactory levels enter adulthood at a disadvantage and hence have fewer opportunities for employment. Addressing issues as early as possible can substantially reduce the risk of your child experiencing such problems.

Although it can be difficult to detect some hearing issues in small children, a comprehensive diagnostic hearing test can be carried out to identify any issues a child may be experiencing. The results of such tests can be invaluable for the prevention of disadvantages in literacy development.

For more information on hearing, speech and language development or if you are concerned with your child’s hearing, speech-language or literacy development, contact Mackay Hearing on (07) 4952 4649 or email us at listening@mackayhearing.com.au to make an appointment for a comprehensive diagnostic hearing test.

 


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