Vision, Hearing and Speech Overview

Vision, Hearing and Speech Overview

Vision, hearing, and speech are an important part of your child's life. When an infant first emerges into the world, his/her eyesight is immature, later developing the ability to focus. Hearing appears early in fetal development and is necessary for proper progression of speech and language. Monitoring your child's ability to see, hear, and speak is an important part of the health of your growing child.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the American Optometric Association (AOA), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have recommended the following vision screening stages:

Children develop speech, language, and hearing skills at different ages. However, hearing loss can lead to delays in your child's ability to make sounds, learn to speak, and communicate. The AAP recommends hearing screening for all newborns before they leave the hospital. Consult your child's physician if you are concerned about your child's hearing or speech, or if you notice any of the following:

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