n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - The hearing-impaired child : main topic

Volume 21, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Acquisition of speech and language communication skills is dependent on the ability to hear. <br>The earlier a hearing loss is identified and treated, the better the outcome regarding language development. <br>Hearing can be tested by physiological means from birth using the auditory brainstem response (ABR). <br>A mother's expressed suspicion that her baby cannot hear places the responsibility on the practitioner to confirm or disprove it, and to provide appropriate advice. <br>Children particularly at risk for hearing loss should be screened for this as a matter of routine. <br>The advent of newer technology (hearing aids and cochlear implants) has made access to sound possible for virtually all children. <br>Appropriate early intervention by a multidisciplinary team provides an excellent outcome for children with a hearing loss.

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