Can frequent ear infections, impact language skills?
Frequent ear infections can absolutely, but not necessarily, impact language skills. Any change in the ears can create a change in hearing. Children need consistent and complete access to sounds for ongoing speech and language development. It is important to monitor developmental milestones and speech clarity. Take note if there is continued progress in vocabulary development, speech clarity and your child’s ability to answer questions. Talk with your pediatrician to determine if your child might benefit from a speech-language screening or evaluation as well as an audiological evaluation. If your child is under the age of three, reach out to the early intervention provider agency in your area and request a speech screening.