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The Link Between Hearing Loss and Your Children’s Development

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 12:11:10 PM Australia/Melbourne

The Link Between Hearing Loss and Your Children’s DevelopmentWe all care deeply about our future generations. We know that this current generation of children is the least active in history, and yet, there is an influx of resources available to us to combat it. The Hearlink team is dedicated towards changing this future and we intend to do so using this blog as an important component. We’ve always built information sharing into our ethos, because when we share what we know as experts, we set everyone up for success. We share the love, both about the health of your ears, and the many other components of your body’s health that hearing loss impacts. And this starts with the kids.


We all know that school is tough enough. It’s 18+ years of cramming as much knowledge as you possibly can into your brains, plus the added stress of the whole social element. Imagine doing it with hearing loss. New research shows that hearing loss is an increasing catalyst for a lot of learning development challenges that kids today are facing in classrooms.


It should come as no surprise that your hearing is fundamental to the development of many cognitive skill sets. These include both your language development and your speech development, paramount as children grow up. When children are impacted by hearing loss, the development of both speech and language is delayed for them. This then becomes a catalyst for poor performance in the classroom, a lack of attention paid to teachers and leadership figures and can ultimately lead to learning disabilities like ADD and ADHD.


The issue is that hearing loss has been mis-diagnosed and mis-analyzed. Just because a child is impacted by hearing loss, does not mean that they’re not capable of learning or achieving their goals. Classrooms are not designed currently to support those with hearing loss, with teachers turning their backs or moving around so that their directions are much harder to hear. There’s the additional question of teaching style. Those with hearing loss do not a lot more repetition and clarity when important information is shared in order for them to properly digest it.


The bottom line is the importance of discerning the difference between learning problems (which are still valid and need a different plan of attack) from hearing loss-specific issues. If you see any of the following, you’re probably dealing with a learning problem in the classroom:


  • Challenges with reading and writing
  • Issues following direction
  • A hard time remembering concepts
  • Behaviour that comes off as impulsive
  • Struggles in the maths department
  • Lack of organization


Conversely, the following may be a signal that it’s time for a child to visit an audiologist:


  • Requests for repetition
  • Confusing responses to questions
  • Issues with speech
  • Daydreaming
  • Speech challenges


Looking for resources? We recommend that you reach out to the Hearlink team. We have a plethora available, no matter what your challenge with hearing loss is. Questions? Give us a shout. We’d love to hear from you.

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