Sign Language and Hearing Tests
December 3, 2018
Ideally, parents should get their children’s hearing tested right away, which is why newborn hearing tests are widely available these days. In the past, it was less common to get a child’s hearing tested early in life. Parents didn’t realize that they had hearing impaired children until those children got older, which had a huge effect on the early lives of those kids. Some of those children went on to develop permanent communication difficulties.
It’s a different world for hearing impaired children and adults today. Many people who have this disability are able to develop excellent communication skills, and they can go on to lead successful lives. All people will vary in terms of their abilities, and it’s comparatively easy for hearing impaired people to get by in a technological society. They just need the right amount of support early in life, and it’s easier for parents to get to that point today.
Some babies will actually be given hearing aids very early in their lives, which could help them manage their hearing loss. The parents of these children will often still have to learn sign language in order to communicate with them. However, learning sign language is comparatively easy for modern parents, because there are lots of language apps that will help people with that process now. Parents will also be able to attend online classes, or at least watch online demonstrations of sign language.
People who are worried about learning sign language should know that even people who struggle with learning second languages might still be able to adapt to situations like this. Parents who are using sign language in order to speak to their kids will have to practice it in a conversational environment. They will interact with other hearing impaired people when their children start school. Acquiring this new skill will be easier than they think.