What you’ll find on this page
- The link between hearing and brain development.
- Why treating hearing loss early helps children to develop.
- Advice from parents who acted early.
If your child has hearing loss, getting treatment sooner rather than later may have many benefits — from laying the foundation for fundamental language, allowing them to develop social skills and to help them succeed in school.
Why treating hearing loss in children early is important
As a parent, you always want the best for your child. Hearing plays a huge part in their emotional, social and intellectual development.
Early treatment may put your child's hearing progress on par with their hearing peers — giving them equal opportunity to excel in life.1,2
The power of language
Babies and children learn to talk by listening to their parents and the world around them. When infants babble, it's part of their language development; they're experimenting with communication and mimicking the words they hear.
Hearing is critical to their language development, which affects how they interact with others and how they perform at school.
The earlier you treat hearing loss, the better chance your child will have to develop language equivalent to a normal-hearing child. Children who received cochlear implants at six months old displayed stronger language skills compared to those treated when they were two years old.3
Hearing at school
Treating your child's hearing loss early may help them thrive at mainstream schools alongside their peers.
Benefits may include:
keeping up with other children
better communication with teachers and classmates
building confidence and self-esteem
possibly making new friends more easily.
Your hearing health professional will recommend the best options to treat your child's hearing loss. They can also point you to support groups and resources to help you and your family.
Newborn Hearing Screening Test in Australia:
Learn more about newborn hearing screening in your state or territory.
Newborn Hearing Screening in New Zealand:
Learn more about newborn hearing screening.
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