Recommend immediate assessment and use of appropriate, state-of-the-art hearing technology to obtain maximum benefits of auditory stimulation.
A child born with a hearing loss should be fitted for hearing aids as soon as possible to receive auditory stimulation. The early years are the most crucial. The first 3 1/2 years of life are when neuroplasticity is at its greatest, meaning the brain is the most adaptable. The younger the child, the more adaptable the brain and the easier it will be for them to learn to listen and talk. Therefore, the older the child, the more difficult it is because the auditory centers of the brain have begun to reorganize themselves. (Sharma et al., 2002; 2004; Sharma, Dorman, and Kral, 2005).