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http://budurl.com/aeamainwebsite Children should have regular hearing checkups from infancy. It is important that their hearing functions. In developmental terms, the first five years are critical to a child’s full and healthy development.

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  • 1. Children Should Hear AND Be Heard Children should have regular hearing checkups from infancy. It is important that their hearing functions. In developmental terms, the first five years are critical to a child’s full and healthy development. Within the first year a child learns to speak by first hearing his or her parents and thenby mimicking them back.If there isn’t any regular interaction between parent and child,then the child is slow to develop and will need support services inschool to catch up. It is vital during this first year that a child’sability to hear is well established, and in the next three years thathis/her language and speech patterns continues to grow andhis/her hearing is checked regularly for any aberrations.When an abnormality in speech is first recognized, either by theparents or by a trained professional such as a pediatrician orearly childhood teacher, the immediate assumption is that thereis a hearing inadequacy. A referral is made to have the hearingchecked and the child is taken to an audiologist for a hearing test.A hearing test of this nature is a little more in depth than theones done in the delivery room with a newborn and in thepediatrician’s office later on. An audiologist can even check theinner ear nerves to see if there is any damage. The results of thehearing test are then shared with the parent or parents. Who Website : HaveBetterHearing Blog : Hearing-Aids-Lancaster-PA Phone : 717-271-7019
  • 2. then in turn shares the results with pertinent childcare providersand/or teachers.If the results of your child’s hearing test shows that somethinghas caused a mild to moderate hearing loss and it is affectinghis/her speech, first finding the problem and then providingsolutions is how you will proceed. If there is nerve damage orsomething wrong with the structure of the ear, the audiologist inconjunction with your pediatrician will look for causes to rule outthat might be reversible.Any hearing loss that is reversible is worth looking into. Afterthat, if it is found that the damage is irreversible, then theaudiologist will recommend several hearing devices and hearingaids that will not only help your child hear better but significantlyimprove their speech and language development.Once your child is fitted with a hearing aid or hearing aids, theirhearing should still be checked by a hearing test regularly tomake sure there is no further degradation down the road. Ahearing test with hearing aids will also help the audiologist adjustthe hearing aids as your child grows and develops so that theyare always working at full capacity.Surely now you can see the importance of a hearing test forchildren. Hopefully if you haven’t taken your child to have theirhearing checked yet or recently, that you will soon. Preventivemedicine is less expensive than interventional medicine, and as aparent, you’ll notice first if your child has problems. Website : HaveBetterHearing Blog : Hearing-Aids-Lancaster-PA Phone : 717-271-7019