Hearing loss

Paediatric Hearing Loss

The impact of deafness

Children develop communication, learning and social skills in their day-to-day activities. The impact of deafness on these areas will be different for individual children. No two deaf children are the same and any levels of deafness can affect a child’s access to their environment.

Language Development

Deafness often has the greatest impact on language development. English is a spoken language and we learn about speech patterns and sentence structures from listening to people talking.

Words and sounds

Deaf children may not hear all the words that are spoken and they may not hear all the individual sounds in any one word.

Written English

A deaf child is likely to spell a word the way it sounds to them. It is common for deaf children to leave off the endings of words and miss out words within a sentence.

Limited vocabulary

Deaf children may have a limited vocabulary because they do not hear different words being used in conversations around them. They may also have a difficulty when one word has several meanings and with understanding non-literal language e.g. idioms

When a child is identified as having hearing loss, most parents have much to learn about causes, approaches to communication, and educational options for their children. We strive to assist the family inproviding all the information to allow you to make these choices through our online programs web information and assessmnet, and in addition we know that families often seek other sources of information. we have a number of links to ideas on how to evaluate services and educational placements, and guides for helping a child develop auditory and speech/language skills with hearing aids and implants.

As a family with a child recently diagnosed with hearing loss, you may find yourself faced with many challenging decisions about your child’s hearing impairment and options for treatment. 

The following  webpages discuss basic information about hearing loss, treatment options and communication approaches. We hope it provides you with some useful information and assists you in making the best decision for your child.