Very young children learn speech almost entirely by hearing and imitating the speech of others. Anything which interferes with their ability to hear that speech will necessarily disrupt their learning and development.
Over the years, studies have successfully established a strong relationship between hearing impairment and vocabulary development in children. According to one report, children with mild to moderate hearing loss develop 50% less vocabulary than their peers with normal hearing. However, timely treatment can decrease this risk, as research shows that early intervention can significantly improve vocabulary development. This blog will provide an in-depth analysis of hearing loss and how hearing loss affects speech and language development.
Hearing loss early in a child's life can seriously affect his or her speech and language development. Therefore, the earlier the problem is identified and corrected, the less serious the impact.The major effects of hearing loss in children include:
Let’s examine these aspects in detail:
Children with hearing impairment tend to have difficulty learning more complex words. Simple words like “cat”, “jump”, “five”, and “red” may be learned more easily than words like “before”, “after”, “equal”, and “jealous”. Because of this, the gap between children with normal hearing abilities and those with hearing impairment broadens with age.
Hearing impairment may make it difficult for children to hear certain speech sounds such as "s", "sh", "f", "t", and "k". Words which heavily depend upon these sounds are therefor more difficult to understand, and are then not repeated or pronounced correctly. Also, children with hearing loss may not hear their own voices accurately, making self-correction difficult or impossible.
Hearing loss makes it difficult for children to excel academically. As they struggle with what can seem to others like relatively simple concepts, they soon fall behind, and as the subjects become more complex, lost ground becomes increasingly difficult to make up.
Children with severe hearing impairment often feel isolated, withdrawn, and unhappy. As a result, their socialization with other children with normal hearing can be limited.
Hearing impairment can have a significant impact on a child's social development. When a child constantly struggles with speech and language, difficulties in expressing themselves and interacting with others can be expected.
Hearing loss in children can be congenital, or can develop later and progress with time. It can have a severe negative impact on children’s psychological and emotional health and affect children’s speaking and language development, making it difficult to perform well academically. Therefore, through early intervention, you can give your child a safe and secure environment where they can communicate confidently.
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