The initial years of a child’s life are critical in the development of his/her language, speech and communication skills. But a child with hearing loss will experience difficulties developing speech and language abilities. This puts the child at a disadvantage in school, higher education and limits future professional opportunities.
While there are several things to consider before opting for the best possible solution to hearing loss, perhaps the most important thing is early detection and treatment. Research shows that children who are fit with appropriate amplification before six months old can develop language skills on par with their hearing peers. Early intervention is the best way to help your child achieve their potential – attend mainstream schools, seamlessly communicate with their teachers and classmates, make new friends and feel safe and confident in a world of sound. Many children with profound deafness have benefited from cochlear implants and are making rapid advances in fields such as academics, sports and performing arts.
If you are a parent who is aware of your child’s hearing loss, know that you are not alone. Hearing problems are common in children and there are families everywhere in the world who understand what you’re going through. You can talk to such parents to seek comfort and advice as they best understand your situation.
As devastating as it can be, with the right treatment at the right time, most children with hearing loss will hear again. Even profoundly deaf children can join the hearing world – attending mainstream schools, reading and speaking like their peers, talking on the phone and enjoying music.
But remember that every moment matters. So make an appointment with an audiologist today and get your child’s hearing evaluated.