Understanding The Importance Of Early Hearing Tests In Infancy And Children
From the sound of their parent’s voice to the chirping of birds in the park, hearing plays a significant role in shaping a child’s language, communication, social interactions, and cognitive growth. Here’s an overview of why it’s vital to schedule regular hearing tests for your child, starting from infancy.
- It allows for effective intervention
Early identification of hearing loss is crucial as it capitalizes on a baby’s innate ability to learn and adapt quickly. Introducing interventions such as hearing aids or cochlear implants during this critical period can help your child develop age-appropriate language and communication skills, which will enable them to navigate the world more effectively.
- It can mitigate further hearing loss
Hearing impairments cover a wide range of conditions, from mild to profound, and can have different types, such as conductive (a buildup of ear wax or a foreign object in the ear canal. Or middle ear concerns such as fluid build-up or structural problems in the middle ear), sensorineural (damaged hair cells or nerves) or mixed. Identifying the degree and type of hearing loss in your child accurately is essential to provide customized interventions and support, which can help prevent the progression of hearing loss and mitigate its complications.
- It can help identify any underlying medical conditions
Some hearing impairments are linked to underlying medical conditions, such as genetic syndromes or infections. Detecting and addressing these issues early not only promotes better hearing but can also prevent further complications and contribute to your child’s overall health and well-being.
- It can improve academic and social behaviour
Untreated hearing impairments can lead to feelings of isolation, frustration and low self-esteem. By addressing hearing loss in its early stages, your child can develop the confidence and social skills they need to interact with their peers and engage in their education.
As a parent or caregiver, it’s crucial to prioritize regular hearing tests for your child. By doing so, you’re allowing them to reach their full potential and lead a fulfilling life.
Hearing aids for children
At Soundwave Hearing Care, we carry various assistive listening devices and children’s hearing aids from top brands like Phonak. Pediatric hearing aids are designed with advanced technology to offer clear and natural sound, ensuring that children can effectively engage in various activities, from school to play.
Infant audiologist in Alberta
At Soundwave Hearing Care, our audiologists conduct pediatric hearing tests and provide screening services to ensure your child’s hearing is the best it can be. They work with children of all ages, from newborns to adolescents. We have locations in Calgary, Lethbridge, High River and Grande Prairie. Contact us today to schedule a hearing evaluation.
All the blogs are reviewed and edited by our clinic's lead audiologist, Dr. Anne Wooliams. Dr. Woolliams is an experienced audiologist specialized in pediatric audiology, auditory processing, and tinnitus/sound sensitivity therapy. She is dedicated to providing top-notch hearing care and helping her clients improve their language and communication abilities. Dr. Woolliams' expertise in literature and linguistics, combined with her passion for helping people improve their language and communication, make her an incredibly valuable asset in the field of audiology. Learn more about Dr. Woolliams.