Hearing loss in young children can affect their speech, language, social and cognitive development. According to the National Institutes of Health, the most intensive period of speech and language development occurs during the first three years of life. During these early stages of life the brain builds the nerve pathways necessary for processing auditory information. If a child is not exposed to language during this period of critical development, they will have increased difficulty developing spoken language, signed language and reading skills.
If your child has had a failed hearing screening or you are concerned about how well they may be hearing, please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation and evaluation with our team of experts.
For additional information, the Iowa chapter of EDHI (Early Detection & Hearing Intervention) offers an excellent Family Resource Guide you can download here.