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We learn to understand language through what we hear—how it is constructed and how it creates meaning. Students with Hearing loss often have difficulty developing oral language skills and therefore need support in learning to read without these building blocks.
Hearing is measured as the ability to hear sounds in the typical human range of approximately 20 - 20,000 Hz. Hearing loss impacts reading in multiple ways:
Early detection of Hearing loss is essential for students to receive the necessary supports that allow them to achieve the same language and cognitive milestones as their peers with typical Hearing. However, mild-to-moderate Hearing loss is often not identified until a student is four to five years of age, and Hearing aids and cochlear implants do not always completely restore Hearing.