Think hearing first.
Hearing difficulties can affect a child’s ability to learn – both socially and at school.
A child’s hearing may change over time, often without the child, parent or teacher noticing. Research indicates that up to 15% of primary school children may be affected by slight and mild hearing loss (Hearing Schools Study, 2005). That’s why it’s important to monitor a child’s hearing even if they have passed previous tests.
Children with a hearing loss may experience speech and language delays, educational difficulties, behavioural problems and often require increased support.
Some common warning signs of hearing problems in children:
- Parent/caregiver or teacher concern for hearing
- Speech/language delay or differences
- Says “what?” or “huh?” often
- Difficulty understanding speech in background noise
- Difficulty hearing in one or both ears on the phone
- Increased TV/stereo volume compared to rest of family
- Not startling to very loud sounds
- Attention or behavioural problems
- Academic difficulties
- Inability to detect where sounds are coming from
Listening and spoken language development in children:
There are many reasons as to why your child’s speech and language development may be delayed. For example, a slight or temporary hearing loss can have a profound impact on a child’s speech, language and literacy development.
If left undiagnosed, your child may experience a delay in their listening and spoken language skills, putting them at a disadvantage at school and in social situations.
Children with a language delay are also six times more likely to have a reading problem than children whose language is developing normally.
You may not be aware that your child is having hearing or listening problems until it is too late, which is why we recommend having a child’s hearing tested first, before any speech and language therapy is considered.
Hear and Say are leaders in paediatric speech, language and hearing services
Hear and Say has a team of qualified Audiologists experienced in working with children.
We offer comprehensive assessment and management of children’s hearing – no matter how temporary, mild or profound.
With no need for a referral and no waiting lists, an appointment can me made quickly and concerns addressed immediately (if you wish, a GP referral form can be downloaded here to access medicare or health rebates).
If you have concerns about your child’s hearing please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us for more information on (07) 3850 2111. Alternately, you can fill in the form below.