Babies start to understand speech before they begin to speak. Our sense of hearing provides the basis for speech and communication skills. Only through hearing and imitating speech can children learn to speak. Undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss can have a negative impact on children’s developments.
Hearing ability helps a child to develop speech and language. Children learn to talk and understand by listening to the others. A child with hearing loss experiences greater difficulties in perceiving sounds. Delayed intervention can cause the following problems:
Although the Hospital Authority in Hong Kong routinely performs newborn hearing screening on infants, a child can develop hearing loss later in life. It is important for your child to receive regular hearing checks. In order not to slow down your child’s future development, you must pay attention to child’s hearing ability and condition. It is possible that your child is with hearing loss if he/ she shows below signs. If so, you may need to arrange appropriate hearing assessment as soon as possible: