Signs of Hearing Loss in Children

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the early signs that a child may have a speech or hearing problem. The group hopes it will lead to more parents seeking early intervention for their children, said Patricia Prelock, president of the ASHA.

Signs of Hearing Loss in Children

•Lack of attention to sounds
•Does not follow simple directions
•Does not respond when their name is called
•Delays in speech and language development
•Pulls or scratches at their ears
•Difficulty achieving academically, especially in reading and math
•Socially isolated and unhappy in school
•Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise (regular and constant listening to electronics at high volumes)

“For some problems, if we detect them early enough, we can reverse the course or prevent the disorder from occurring,” Prelock said. “We know that those disorders that are not detected lead to social isolation and academic challenges, so it’s really important to do something as soon as possible.”

“It’s better to have it checked out than to sit and worry about it and lose a year because your child has a mild hearing loss or a slight speech problem,” Prelock said. “I would rather screen a child and find out on he’s on the right trajectory, than let it go and wish I would have had him checked out.”

Early detection is very important!  If you notice several of these signs or have questions or concerns about your child’s hearing, call Saline Audiology and schedule a hearing exam. 501-778-3868 or 501-922-0053

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