Deaf/Hard of Hearing
What does it mean to be deaf or hard of hearing?
If a child has a “hearing impairment” or “hearing loss,” it means they have a full or partial loss of their ability to correctly hear sounds in their environment. Hearing loss can present themselves through many different processing issues and developmental delays, including language and speech delays, sensory processing disorders, difficulties paying attention, gross motor skill deficits, and more.
Hearing impairments happen when there is an issue with the outer, middle, and/or inner ear, and they can happen for a variety of reasons, including:
- Premature birth
- Head injuries
The best way to know if your child might have a hearing loss is to observe them for potential signs of a hearing loss and consult with a therapist at Therapy Care in Batavia for an assessment.
Signs of hearing loss in children
You may be wondering “How can I know if my child’s hearing development should be assessed?” There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to determining whether or not your child may have a hearing loss or impairment, including:
- Hearing loss runs in the family
- You’ve noticed they have reoccurring ear infections
- Lowered academic performance
- Delayed language skills
- Trouble with coordination or balance
- They may not respond to loud noises
Your child may or may not show any of the above mentioned behaviors or signs. The important thing to remember is that there is help available!
How therapy at Therapy Care can help your child
Therapy can help to make sure a child is meeting age appropriate milestones. Therapy Care’s pediatric speech therapists will assess any developmental challenges your child may be experiencing, and from there decide on a course of action for their treatment. Our therapists make therapy fun and engaging for our patients as they develop skills and make progress.
When your child comes to our clinic, their speech and language skills will be assessed. Treatment for a hearing loss may involve using multi-sensory approaches, games, books, and visuals to help your child learn and understand concepts.
Your child’s therapist may also work with them to learn new forms of communication, such as sign language (e.g., American Sign Language), depending on the type and severity of hearing loss.
Ready to get started?
When it comes to hearing impairments, the sooner a professional is involved, the easier your child’s life can be. Call us today for an appointment and more information.