What is it?
Without extra help, children with hearing loss have problems learning language. These children can then be at risk for other delays (such as reading and writing delays). Families who have children with hearing loss often need to change their communication habits or learn special skills (such as sign language) to help their children learn language. These skills can be used together with hearing aids, cochlear or auditory brainstem implants, and other devices that help children hear.
Early Intervention for children with hearing loss help infants and toddlers (from birth to age 3 years) to learn language skills and other important skills. Research shows that early intervention services can greatly improve a child’s development.
Why is it important?
Babies who are diagnosed with hearing loss should receive early intervention services as soon as possible. Children who receive early intervention services by the age of 6 months achieve better language outcomes than those who enroll at a later age or those who do not receive services at all.