There are so many benchmarks and milestones to look for when you have a baby. There’s holding their head up, smiling, sitting without support, crawling, and walking, among many others. One of the biggest milestones parents look forward to is babbling and talking. Hearing affects those two milestones though, and you may be wondering how to tell if your baby can hear, especially if they aren’t reacting to sounds as an infant, or beginning to babble at about 4 months old.
Three out of every 1,000 babies suffer from moderate, severe or profound hearing loss according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making it one of the most common birth conditions in the United States.
Most children hear and listen to sounds at birth. They learn to talk by imitating the sounds they hear around them and the voices of their parents and caregivers. But that’s not true for all children. In fact, about two or three out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with detectable hearing loss in one or both ears. More lose hearing later during childhood. Children who have hearing loss may not learn speech and language as well as children who can hear. For this reason, it’s important to detect deafness or hearing loss as early as possible.
With CID’s newest online course, SLPs learn to maximize sessions to facilitate the development of language while incorporating literacy skills. In 30 minutes, you will learn how hearing loss affects the development of literacy skills, how phonological awareness supports literacy and how to incorporate literacy into therapy sessions.