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Will a hearing problem cause my baby to have a developmental delay?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: YES

Hearing is a crucial part of language development.
Expressive and more important receptive language is strongly associated with learning.If your child appears to be having problems speaking , understanding speech or not responding to sounds, please have him/her seen by a doctor and or an audiologist.Long term hearing deficits could create long term sequalae.

In brief: YES

Hearing is a crucial part of language development.
Expressive and more important receptive language is strongly associated with learning.If your child appears to be having problems speaking , understanding speech or not responding to sounds, please have him/her seen by a doctor and or an audiologist.Long term hearing deficits could create long term sequalae.
Dr. Andres R Villar
Dr. Andres R Villar
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Discovering hearing loss early and intervening can prevent significant delays in development.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Could be

Not only speech delay, but potentially serious emotional and social issues can occur. This can mimic autistic behavior if not recognized and corrected.
Fortunately there is routine screening of all newborns in most places for congenital hearing loss, which will allow prevention of these complications.

In brief: Could be

Not only speech delay, but potentially serious emotional and social issues can occur. This can mimic autistic behavior if not recognized and corrected.
Fortunately there is routine screening of all newborns in most places for congenital hearing loss, which will allow prevention of these complications.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Often times this is associated with speech delay.

In brief: Yes

Often times this is associated with speech delay.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Hearing loss is definitely associated with delayed speech, therefore all infants should have their hearing tested at birth, before they leave the hospital.
If hearing loss is defected, it should be treated right away.

In brief: Yes

Hearing loss is definitely associated with delayed speech, therefore all infants should have their hearing tested at birth, before they leave the hospital.
If hearing loss is defected, it should be treated right away.
Dr. Scott Katz
Dr. Scott Katz
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Speech & language delays both need attention.
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