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Can hearing loss cause speech impairments?

Hearing loss can cause speech impairments. An undiagnosed and untreated hearing impairment in a child can delay speech development. Children begin developing speech and language skills when they are infants as they listen to the world around them, including words and conversations, and as they grow, they begin to mimic them. If children have hearing loss and cannot hear these things clearly or at all, they are likely to have trouble developing speech skills such as pronunciation, which may result in speech impairment. Having your child's hearing tested early is a way to prevent or treat speech impairment early.

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