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Hearing Impairment

How a hearing impairment (HI) can affect communication

The severity and type of hearing loss will affect the degree to which difficulties may impact on the child's development of speech, language and communication.

A child with a significant hearing loss may have:

  • Unclear / delayed speech and language
  • Poor social skills
  • Poor understanding as compared to their peer group
  • Poor listening skills.
  • Development of speech, language and communication can be supported by:
  • Early diagnosis
  • Early and effective use of amplification
  • Early professional intervention
  • Good family support
  • At school-age – good access to the curriculum via assistive listening devices (fm systems)
  • Acoustic-friendly listening environments.

  For further information on Hearing Impairment visit:

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External websites

  • Hello Campaign
    Here you will find what the Hello campaign is all about
  • Speech, Language and Communication Framework The SLCF lists all the skills and knowledge that everyone working with children needs to know to support the communication development
  • Language for Learning
    Provides courses and resources for staff from Early Years to Secondary Level and training and materials for trainers to deliver these courses within their own Authorities
  • The National Strategies
    Information from the Department for Education (DfE)

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This page was last reviewed 17 May 2013 at 13:41.
The page is next due for review 13 November 2014.