Child Aural/Audiologic Habilitation
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), explains the importance of a child undergoing Aural/Audiologic Habilitation, a treatment that allows a child better deal with his/her hearing health condition. This is because hearing loss can have a negative impact on the child’s development, if not treated early on.
Factors that are considered before a child goes through habilitation include:
- Age of the child
- Age when hearing damage was discovered
- Age of onset of the hearing loss
- Level of hearing and type of hearing loss
- Age when the child first began using hearing aids
The habilitation process, which is geared to meet the child’s every need, can begin after this information is acquired.
ASHA lists some of the communication methods covered during habilitation. These include listening and spoken language, where a child is given a hearing aid. With the help of a hearing aid the child is then exposed to the language spoken at home, school and among peers to help him/her develop his/her speaking abilities.
Other communication methods as listed on the ASHA website include:
- Cued speech or cued language
- American Sign Language (ASL)
- Total communication
- Developing language
- Training in listening
- Proper use of hearing aids and hearing assistive devices
If you would like to learn more about Audiologic Habilitation as well as your child’s hearing health condition. Do not hesitate to contact local your Miami hearing center.