Hearing loss and cognitive development

From the earliest months of life, hearing is intimately tied to the development of language, reading, learning and social skills. That’s why it’s so important that any barrier to this process be addressed as early as possible in your child’s life.

Babies begin hearing before they’re born, typically at the 24th week of pregnancy. This is the beginning of a lifetime of using hearing as a vital means of connecting with you, your family and the outside world. Within the first few months following birth, a child begins to distinguish sounds such as human speech, and by age 2, the foundations for language (hearing and speaking) are developed.

 

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