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Opening Doors: Technology and Communication Options for Children with Hearing Loss

Windows of Opportunity

One of the most amazing things your child will learn in his or her lifetime is language—words, meanings and their use for communicating with others. The early years are a critical time for learning language. Getting help for your child as early as possible maximizes his or her window of opportunity to learn language. Research has shown that children who begin receiving appropriate help before six months of age are more likely to learn language at a pace comparable to that of children whose hearing is normal.1 So take advantage of the service systems that exist to help your child and you.

1 Joint Committee on Infant Hearing. "Year 2000 position statement: Principles and guidelines for early hearing detection and intervention programs," Audiology Today, Special Issue, Reston, Va.: American Academy of Audiology, August 2000. (Accessed on January 7, 2007 at www.audiology.org/NR/rdonlyres/F2077B49-B65C-


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