Hearing

The first 6–12 months of a baby’s life is a critical period for learning to hear and speak. Lack of exposure to language during this period, due to prolonged hearing loss, can affect a child’s development, communication skills and educational achievement.

Hearing loss is screened for around the time of birth. At any age where parents/caregivers express significant concerns they should see their GP who can make a referral to audiology.

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