The long term impact of undiagnosed early hearing loss may include lower academic achievement, underemployment, poor social adaptation and psychological distress, and are directly related to the amount of hearing loss and length of delay of diagnosis and intervention.
Parents are encouraged to observe the responses of their children to sounds during the early years. The signs of hearing loss can be difficult to detect, as young children are very good at adapting to what they have. However, the earlier a hearing loss is detected and an intervention is put in place, the better. For further information on what are signs of a hearing problem see the links below. If you have concerns about your child’s hearing, speak to your doctor and request a referral for a hearing test.