If your child has any of the following issues, we recommend that you consult a speech and language pathologist
- Does not make sounds during his first months after delivery
- Doesn’t smile or interact with others
- Doesn’t understand what others say
- His/her words are few at the age of 12-18 months
- Unable to speak sentences at 18-36 months
- Difficulty playing and talking to other children at 2-3 years old
These may be signs of a communication problem. Consult a speech and hearing specialist as soon as possible
At this age, the child has a large list of vocabulary and speaks 2-3 sentences. It is advised that you consult a speech and language pathologist
Stuttering is not uncommon occurrence in children ages 2-5. But usually these manifestations disappear in most children within one year
But if stuttering continues with its occurrence throughout the day and not in a specific situation, and the presence of behaviors such as facial expressions, and the syllables are repeated more than four times, then a speech therapist should be consulted
- Tinnitus is the presence of a whistle or ringing continuously in the ear. The causes of tinnitus are many, such as damage to the sensory capillaries in the ear, the presence of auditory impairment or medical problems such as neuromas and others. Unfortunately, there are no tinnitus medications, but there are drugs that temporarily reduce tinnitus
- An audiologist performs a hearing and ear examination to find out the cause of tinnitus. The patient may be advised to use hearing devices or perform sensory and motor exercises to reduce the patient’s tinnitus. In some cases, x-rays are performed, such as CT & MRI if the tinnitus was due to a medical problem in the brain
Some cases can be dealt with drugs if the infections that cause hearing problems are treated. But most elderly suffer from gradual hearing loss, which requires the use of digital hearing aids, which became easier to use than before.
In most cases, hearing is normal for a child who has a language disorder or speech problem. But the degree and type of hearing affect the development of language. For this, a hearing test is necessary to exclude the presence of any hearing impairment in the child, regardless of degree. Hearing disturbance leads to speech problems and difficulties in the receptive and expressive language, even if the disorder is temporary due to inflammation or fluid in the ear, or if it is a permanent disorder. Early detection provides the opportunity for a speech therapist to develop an effective treatment plan and for the audiologist to provide solutions in case a hearing problem is detected.
The basis for a child’s successful academic performance is speech and language. Language is the basis for all types of communication, such as reading, writing, listening and speaking. Therefore, the child’s ability to communicate with others plays a major role in succeeding in school
- Many believe that a child can use a cochlear implant to hear and then speak normally within a few days. Unfortunately, this is a common misconception
- It should be noted that the cochlea is an electronic device, not a real organ, implanted to replace damaged auditory capillaries to help transfer sound from the auditory nerve to the brain. Therefore, the child who uses hearing aids or cochlear implants needs extensive rehabilitation in order to learn how to use these audible sounds in the process of language acquisition and communication.