What are the effects of hearing loss on development?

Hearing plays a massive part in the development of language and speech and a loss of hearing or a hearing impairment can have massive implications for speech development. A lack of hearing affects speech and development in four major ways, these are:

  • It causes slow development of speech and language
  • Slow language development leads to poor performance at school as it makes learning more difficult: children struggle to increase their vocabulary, communicate their ideas and join in with class discussions. A hearing impairment may also make it more difficult to grasp new subjects, especially with subjects like English grammar
  • Difficulties with communication and language can lead to people becoming isolated and frustrated
  • Speech problems may cause problems with choosing careers: many careers depend heavily on successful oral communication so people with speech problems may miss out on employment opportunities

Guide to Hearing and Speech Problems

Hearing and speech

Speech disorders

Causes of hearing problems

Causes of speech problems

How can I tell if my child has hearing problems?

What are the effects of hearing loss on development?

Getting help for hearing problems

Getting help for speech problems

Protecting your hearing

Hearing Test