Hearing is very important to a child’s speech development and learning. Early identification of hearing difficulties is very important. See your doctor or public health nurse if you suspect your child may be having problems hearing.

You can protect your child’s hearing.

  • Make regular visits to your doctor or public health nurse.
  • Observe your child’s ability to speak and respond to sounds in a variety of atmospheres.
  • Seek prompt medical care for any ear infections or problems, or childhood illnesses.
  • Keep your child away from excessive noise.

You can encourage speech development.

  • Talk and listen to your preschooler.
  • Singing and listening to music helps your child improve and refine her hearing.
  • Read to your child as often as possible.