Effects of Hearing loss on Development

It is well recognized that hearing is critical to speech and language development, communication, and learning. The earlier hearing loss occurs in a child’s life, the more serious the effects on the child’s development. Similarly, the earlier the problem is identified and intervention begun, the less serious the ultimate impact.

There are four major ways in which hearing loss effects children.

It causes delay in the development of receptive and expressive communication skills (speech and language). The language deficit causes learning problems that result in reduced academic achievement.

Communication difficulties often lead to social isolation and poor self-concept.

It may have an impact on vocational choices.