Hearing Health and Academic Achievement
The early diagnosis of hearing loss in children is very important. This is because untreated hearing loss can have a negative impact in the child’s speech and language development. The American Speech Language Hearing Association discusses how it can also affect a child’s academic achievement.
According to ASHA “Children with hearing loss have difficulty with all areas of academic achievement, especially reading and mathematical concepts.” ASHA explains how children with loss of hearing, achieve four grade levels lower than those with normal hearing. It states “Children with severe to profound hearing loss usually achieve skills no higher than the third- or fourth-grade level, unless appropriate educational intervention occurs early.”
Parents should look for early signs that might indicate the child may suffer from hearing damage. Visiting an audiologist to receive a hearing test should be the next step to follow. The expert will help in prescribing the right hearing aid, as well as providing with treatments which will allow the child to perform at the same level as other children in their grade.