Why is hearing important for speech and language development?
Children need to be able to clearly hear in order for them to develop correct speech and language as well as be able to make friends and socialise. A hearing loss can happen at any stage, and can dramatically reduce how much a child can hear. When they are learning to talk in the early years, their ability to hear speech sounds and say them clearly themselves, or developing their vocabulary and sentence structures can be significantly affected if they can’t hear properly. Even though all newborns are being screened for their hearing before leaving the hospital, children can develop a hearing loss later on due to recurring ear infections and/or glue ear (fluid in the ears). It is important to check your child’s hearing as they’re growing, even though their newborn hearing test was fine, as things can change over time.
What to expect in a paediatric hearing test
Paediatric Audiologist, Susan Jones from Selective Hearing conducts hearing tests for children aged 3 years and over at our Indooroopilly clinic on Tuesdays.
The hearing test will take 30 minutes and Susan will assess your child’s hearing using 4 different tests:
- Pure-Tone or Play Audiometry
- Speech Audiometry
Here is a video to show you exactly what to expect when you bring your child in for a hearing test.