My child has speech difficulty and will be getting an evaluation of speech soon. Could hearing loss affect her speech?

Question: My child has speech difficulty and will be getting an evaluation of speech soon. Could hearing loss affect her speech?

Answer: It is wise to test the hearing of each child receiving speech therapy. Hearing loss is one reason that speech could be delayed. Even mild hearing loss resulting from previous and chronic ear infections or ear fluid can impair the ability to learn sounds correctly. There are also other reasons, which the speech specialist can address. We see infants, children, and adults of all ages. No child is too young to have their hearing tested. We hope you will call and schedule this appointment soon.