Developmental Disabilities

Vision/Hearing » Hearing



A Hearing Impairment child exhibits in language (receptive and expressive) and speech production.  The amount of deficit depends on the degree and type of loss.  Impairment may be temporary, due to illness such as ear infection, or permanent.

Determine if the hearing impairment is permanent or temporary due to an illness.

Symptoms of Hearing Impairment: lack of attention, earaches, mouth breather, doesn’t follow directions, delayed social skills, inappropriate voice tone, excessive hand use when talking, poor grammar, asks for repeat of instructions, tilts head to one side and poor balance.

Things you can do:  Try to obtain eye contact, use a lot of visual cues, give simple directions, speak clearly, get down on their level and encourage social interaction.