The importance of early intervention
Hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to develop speech, language, social skills and learning potential. Consequently, the earlier hearing tests are conducted and the hearing loss is identified, the earlier remedial treatment can be started. All children, including newborn babies, can be tested.
Statistics show that if a child with hearing loss is fitted with the appropriate hearing aids before 6 months of age, the child is in a much better position to develop normal speech and language skills, and reach his/her full potential.
(Ref: Yoshinago-Itano, C. (2003). From Screening to Early Identification and Intervention: Discovering Predictors to Successful Outcomes for Children with Significant Hearing Loss. Oxford University Press.)