n South African Journal of Child Health - Bridging the gap between early identification and intervention in the paediatric population with hearing impairments : hot topics

Volume 4, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1994-3032
  • E-ISSN: 1999-7671



The principles of early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) state that hearing loss should be identified and amplification fitted by the age of 6 months. The fact that the first decade of life is the most crucial time for communication development and maximum learning provides a strong rationale for the provision of effective early intervention (EI) services at as young an age as possible. The need for EHDI has been well documented and professionals have come to realise that the development of communication skills begins in infancy, long before the emergence of the first words. Professionals have also realised the impact that delays in intervention have on a child's personal, social, academic and vocational growth, hence highlighting the need for comprehensive and efficacious services to this population. EI has dramatic benefits for the child with a hearing impairment, especially when compared with the profoundly negative effects associated with lack of it.

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