Why Hearing Tests Are Important for Children
As a parent, we all cut corners. You almost have to sometimes. Time is too short and the list of things to do is too long. As a result, there are things that get ignored along the way, understandably.
But, your child’s hearing cannot be one of those things. If you believe your child’s hearing is not functioning normally, or if you know of factors that may potentially have threatened your child’s hearing, you need to get their hearing tested by an audiologist.
Early years are most important for development
While a little hearing issue might not seem all that significant, it really is. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), “The most important time for a child to be exposed to and learn language is in the first three years of life. In fact, children begin learning speech and language in the first six months of life”
But, if normal development is not taking place, your child is not only not developing, but they are under-developing. They are falling behind.
Even a slight hearing impairment can slow down a child’s ability to develop in many ways, as Kids Health points out. “In the first few years of life, hearing is a critical part of kids’ social, emotional, and cognitive development.”
Signs of hearing loss in children
There are many ways that impaired hearing can present in your child. Does your child react naturally to loud or abrupt noises? Can they sleep through loud noises that would normally wake them? Do they fail to turn their head towards you when you speak to them? (Teenagers are exempt from this one!)
Another common symptom of hearing loss is in your child’s in speech. If they cannot hear properly, they cannot speak properly. This can lead to a number of other developmental issues for your child that most likely can be avoided with some testing and assistance.
Hearing tests for children
Testing today is easy and fast, as Hear-it points out. Your child will probably even enjoy the process! For children under three, the child may likely sit on your lap and the audiologist will note different reactions your child has to different sounds. Kids ages three to five might play a game that tests their hearing. Older kids might take actual tests that, too, are game-like and made for kids
Your audiologist will take necessary steps based on their initial findings. The main thing is to start the process of ensuring that your child is hearing and developing at full strength.
Your child is dependent on you for everything in their life – including their hearing. Take advantage of the resources that are available to help them get the help they need.
Kids Health http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/hear.html