Understanding Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss can affect young children at a time critical for developing speech, language and communication. Early diagnosis and significant advances in amplification technology, now provide far greater opportunities for a child with a hearing loss to achieve and succeed. 

Success is however dependent on parents/carers and practitioners in early years settings and schools, being equipped with knowledge and understanding of the child's needs. Understanding the impact that a hearing loss has on speech access, is an important step in promoting and developing consistent daily use of amplification. Being aware of the challenges of distance and noise, and the listening effort involved in accessing speech, is important in striving for improved listening environments.

As we aim for aspirational outcomes, positive self esteem and well-being for children and young people, promoting a clear understanding of hearing loss amongst all those spending the most time with the child is vital.