If so, then you already know how uncomfortable they can be. You may not realize, however, that frequent ear infections might affect her language learning. They might cause temporary hearing loss.
Here are some signs that your child may have trouble hearing:
• She has difficulty paying attention.
• She is slow to respond when you speak to her.
• She has to turn up the volume on the TV or radio.
• She withdraws from other children.
• She often asks you to repeat what you’ve said.
No proof exists that temporary hearing difficulties will have any long-term effect on communication skills. But it’s still important to pay attention to your child. If you suspect ear infections are getting in the way of her language learning, speak with her doctor.
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