Hearing loss at school
If you’re worried about your child’s hearing, make an appointment with an audiologist or health professional.
Impact of hearing loss at school
Hearing plays a huge part in your child’s social, emotional and intellectual development. Any type of hearing loss can delay their progress at school, resulting in learning and behavioural problems as early as kindergarten. By their third or fourth year of school, many children with hearing loss may struggle to cope with the increasing complexity of language, social interaction and verbal communications. Even children with minimal hearing loss can have problems reading, writing, expressing themselves and interacting with others. They may miss classroom instructions, misread conversational cues and tire more easily. Poor academic performance and communication problems can then feed into low self-esteem or feelings of isolation or depression. But the good news is there are effective treatments for hearing loss, and with early intervention all the disadvantages can be overcome.
Why early treatment is so important
There isn’t a moment to waste. The earlier your child is tested, diagnosed and treated for any hearing loss, the greater their chances of realising their full academic potential. Early intervention gives your child their best chance of being able to attend mainstream schools, develop their best speech and language skills and generally lead a happy and confident schooling life.
Taking the next step
If you’re worried about your child’s hearing, make an appointment with an audiologist or other health professional. They can test your child’s hearing and advise you on the best treatments. If you don’t already have someone to speak to, we can help you find a clinic close to you. There are also support groups, where you can seek comfort and advice from other parents who understand what you’re going through. While there may be some difficult decisions ahead, remember that early treatment will make the biggest, single difference to your child’s life.
Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always read the instructions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.