Untreated hearing loss can have far reaching consequences on your child’s school performance, as delays in speech and language development often lead to learning problems. Understanding that hearing loss may be misdiagnosed as a learning disability can help motivate you to seek treatment quickly.
How Many Children Have Hearing Loss?
The Center for Disease Control estimates that 15 percent of children between the ages of six to 19 have hearing loss in one or both ears; around 0.1 percent of them have severe hearing loss.
Even mild hearing loss can have an impact on a child’s school performance. One study found that 25 to 35 percent of children with hearing loss were at risk of failing behind at least one grade level.
How Learning and Hearing Are Connected
Delays in speech and language development can result in poor school performance, often accompanied by inattention and bad behavior. These are all symptoms of untreated hearing loss.
If your child is having trouble at school, this has nothing to do with their intelligence. Rather, a classroom environment with a lot of kids and a busy teacher was not created to support a child with hearing loss.
A child may find following a lesson difficult when the teacher is facing the board or speaking too quickly. Certain subjects such as vocabulary and language arts may be difficult for a child with hearing loss to grasp.
Poor academic performance is fueled by frustration and confusion. Hearing loss can make it harder for your child to hear high-frequency constants (ch, f, k, p, s, sh, t and th). This can make it challenging to follow their teacher’s directions when speaking from a distance or if there is a lot of background noise.
Children with hearing loss can also experience social troubles. Communication is important to creating healthy peer relationships; without this skill your child may experience feelings of isolation or unhappiness.
Kids with untreated hearing loss are less likely to participant in group activities due to fear of embarrassment. These children are also slower to mature, which can further hinder their development of peer relationships.
Hearing Aids Can Help
Seeking treatment for your child’s hearing loss through the use of hearing aids can help improve not only their ability to hear but also their speech and language development.
To learn more about treating your child’s hearing loss or to schedule an appointment with a hearing expert, contact Bountiful Hearing Center today.