Why is it important for your child to have a hearing test when he or she goes back to school?
Besides ensuring they stay connected to the people and sounds they love, a hearing test in or before September will help you gauge if there are any medical issues that are related to your children's educational performance.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology says, "All children should have their hearing tested before they start school. This could reveal mild hearing losses that the parent or child cannot detect. Loss of hearing in one ear may also be determined in this way. Such a loss, although not obvious, may affect speech and language."
The institution was speaking of testing children prior to pre-school or kindergarten, but older children should have annual check-ups too because hearing loss among the young is worsening, according to several recent studies.
The American Speech Language Association says, "Left undetected, mild or unilateral hearing loss can result in delayed speech and language acquisition, social-emotional or behavioral problems, and lags in academic achievement."
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control has actively promoted hearing health in school to prevent hearing loss among kids. Similar awareness campaigns exist in Canada and other parts of the world.