What Is Hearing Loss?
Right from birth, babies explore their new world through sound . . . their mother's voice, household sounds, noises outside. The stimulation babies receive from the first sounds they hear helps them develop babbling, a prelude to normal speech. But children born with hearing loss are cut off from this important connection to their environment. Children with mild to moderate hearing loss may have slow or inaccurate speech development, attention problems or may even be classified as slow learners. Children with profound hearing loss will not be able to speak or communicate at all without special intervention and education.