Early Childhood Services
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why was the hearing loss diagnosed so early?
Newborn hearing screening programs, like SWISH, were put in place to identify babies with hearing loss as soon as possible after birth. Hearing screening at an early age is strongly supported by parents of children with hearing loss. While it can be upsetting and difficult in the beginning, parents recognise that early detection results in better outcomes for their child.
What is the advantage of having an early diagnosis?
An early diagnosis provides your baby with the opportunity of access to language and communication at the most important time for language development. Research shows that babies whose hearing loss is diagnosed early and who receive appropriate intervention will have improved speech and language outcomes. Communication and language, either spoken language or sign language, is important for learning as well as social and emotional well-being.