Ear Infections and Speech

Ear Infections can be an uncomfortable and sometimes painful experience for children of all ages. When a child has an ear infection, their ability to hear clearly and understand language can be impacted. Learning language can become increasingly difficult when a child is not able to hear clearly. A prolonged ear infection can make it difficult for children to following directions, and their speech development may also be impacted. 

In severe cases, when left untreated, ear infections can lead to hearing loss. 

It’s important to seek medical attention if you or your child experiences symptoms of an ear infection, such as pain, fluid discharge, and hearing loss, to prevent long-term impacts on language and hearing. Ask your doctor, pediatrician, or the nurse on your child’s campus to conduct a hearing screening if you suspect your child is having difficult hearing.

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