Children often have speech delay for a variety of reasons. Before undergoing speech therapy, it is best to have the child’s hearing checked. Often patients with speech delay have some form of hearing loss, and if this can be corrected, often the speech delay resolves. Most children are tested for their hearing when they are a few days old. Even if they pass that hearing screening, they can develop hearing loss later in childhood and repeat testing is warranted in the case of children with speech delay. Often the child has a persistent middle ear fluid that is causing a conductive hearing loss. If this is found, placing tubes helps the fluid drain out and resolves the conductive hearing loss. If the hearing test comes back normal, then the speech delay is not related to hearing loss and the child should then proceed to being evaluated by a Speech-Language Pathologist.
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