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Optimal hearing and vision are important to a child's long term development, school achievements and health outcomes
7 to 10 children in a class of 30 have an undetected hearing or vision related issue
Hearing loss can be present at birth, experienced over time, or acquired later in life. Delayed diagnosis of pre-lingual hearing loss affect children's speech, language, cognitive, and psychosocial development.
Results of Hearing Loss
Children with unilateral hearing loss ( in one ear ) are 10 times as likely to be held back at least one grade.
Children with mild hearing loss miss 25-50% of speech in the classroom and may be inappropriately labeled as having a behavior problem.
Limits a child's exposure to everyday experiences and reduces access to information in his/her world. Studies of Visual impairment often include children with permanently impaired vision: however, most school-aged children suffer from less severe forms of visual disorders.
If you can't see it, you can't read it. There is a clear connection between vision and the ability to read. More than 80% of learning is based on what we see. A child must see clearly, at a distance and close up, whether in the classroom or on the playground. Basic elements such as eye coordination and eye/hand coordination are important for reading, writing, and safe playing.