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Permanent Childhood Hearing Loss

Infants and young children with normal hearing sensitivity generally develop listening and communication skills in a predictable developmental sequence and by a certain age. A delay in these communication milestones may be a sign of hearing loss.

The sooner hearing loss is diagnosed and intervention is initiated, the better the outcomes for speech and language development (Sininger et al., 2010; Yoshinaga-Itano et al., 2010). For this reason, it is important for parents/caregivers, physicians, and others who work with young children to be aware of the signs of possible hearing loss.

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