Jennifer Esse, a doctor of audiology, explains why it's important for children to have their hearing evaluated on a regular basis.
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Children and Hearing Evaluations Jennifer Esse: Because speech and language development and hearing are so closely tight together, we want to be sure that the hearing first is okay. Particularly if the child is experiencing a speech and language delay. We can usually see that happening starting around age 20 months and forward. So, if a child is simply not speaking yet or if there speeches isn’t clear enough compare to other children of there age we would do a hearing test first. And so normally what happens in schools is that kids will be tested every 1 to 2 years by the school nurse and she screens there hearing but to be sure that there is nothing cropping up that they couldn’t detect early on so that speech and language development delay does not happen. If speech and language delay is happening there maybe academic delays as well so kids are tested more frequently to overall prevent academic developmental delays, speech language delays, and cognitive delays. We want to keep kids right on track with there age every year that we can because each stop they get behind just means more work to make it up. So, the hearing is very integral to that and that is an easy thing to check early on, so kids are tested very quite often, yes.

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