The Prevalence and Incidence of Hearing Loss in Children
In previous articles we discussed how some newborns are not diagnosed correctly during the hearing health screening given to them after birth. This hinders their speech development among other things. Diagnosing a child with hearing loss, sadly adds to the numbers of children who suffer from this condition.
The American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) states that children now suffering from this condition form part of the 28.6 million Americans who had an auditory disorder in the year 2000 and a decade later, the numbers have increased. The negative effects of hearing damage in a child, according to ASHA include difficulty with learning “vocabulary, grammar, word order, idiomatic expressions, and other aspects of verbal communication.”
ASHA goes on to say that in the 2000-01 school year, 5,775,722 children in the United States were served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B. ASHA explains, “it is estimated that approximately 391,000 school-aged children in the U.S. have unilateral hearing loss.” If you believe your child may suffer from loss of hearing, visit your local Audiologist, such as Dr. Joseph Duran, who will help diagnose and treat the hearing damage.