Hearing loss can affect multiple parts of one’s physical, mental, and emotional health. In children, the effects naturally begin early. Hearing loss in adults and children often causes some sense of social isolation. Indeed, children with hearing loss often have issues with language development as well. Below is a closer look at language development and hearing loss and what you can do next.
The Ability to Read
One way in which language development and hearing loss meet is in reading comprehension. A child’s ability to understand speech is directly linked to his or her ability to read. One’s grasp on language plays a huge role in developing a well-rounded vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and tone. Therefore, a child’s reading comprehension often is lacking when hearing loss is present.
The Ability to Communicate
Another way in which language development and hearing loss are linked is oral communication. Because the child is unable to pick up words, tones, and other linguistic elements as clearly, it often leads to the child speaking and writing simpler and shorter sentences. The child will likely rely on visual communication much more than oral communication.
Thankfully, if your boy or girl has hearing loss or is deaf, a cochlear implant is one option for improving hearing drastically. A cochlear implant is a small, electronic device that goes into the head behind the ear. This is one option that can give your child a great start forward.
Meanwhile, your child can likely benefit from going through rigorous language instruction to help catch up on speech, comprehension, etc. Children who undergo specialized language training will be better prepared for regular placement in schools, gain more from the typical classroom, and rely less on special education.
Each case of childhood hearing loss needs its own diagnosis and treatment. Every case is unique. If you have a child with hearing loss, Clarity Audiology can help you get an accurate evaluation and treatment plan.
Trust the Experts at Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions
Need help with your hearing? Clarity Hearing can help. Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions is an independently owned and operated clinic that focuses on quality of care and personalized, friendly service to the surrounding areas of Ellicott City, Catonsville, Columbia. Our Doctors of Audiology are highly trained with advanced degrees and take the time to provide the personalized care and attention that you need and deserve. We provide advanced hearing aid options that are personally calibrated with cutting-edge digital technology to fit your hearing loss, your unique ear anatomy, and your individual listening needs.