In order to develop speech, language, social and emotional skills a child has to be able to hear normally.
Children learn to communicate by imitating the sounds they hear. If a child has a hearing loss that is undetected and untreated, he/she can miss much of the speech and language around them. This results in delayed speech/language development, emotional, social and academic problems.
Hearing loss, in varying degrees, affects two in every 100 children under the age of 18. Fortunately, there are very few hearing losses that cannot be helped with modern technology. The most effective treatment is achieved through early intervention. Early diagnosis, early fitting of hearing aids, and an early start on special education programs can help maximize a child's hearing. This will give a child the best chances for successful speech and language development.