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4 Quick Common Sense Questions

  1.  A 3-year old child is thought to have poor vision.  Would it be okay to wait until she is 6 years old before evaluating her vision and providing her with glasses? 

  2. A young child fails the newborn hearing screening. Would it be okay to wait until he is tested at 7 years of age before providing him hearing aids and accommodations, if indicated?  (I was taught to wait until 10 years of age.)

  3.  A 2-year-old does not speak intelligibly, much like her mother.  Would it be alright to wait until she is 7-years-old in order to provide her with late speech intervention?

  4.  Your child is a cute 4-year-old boy who has had an extensive history of middle ear problems.  He often misunderstands what is said and does not speak clearly.  His hearing is normal.  However, he struggles to understand but is most impaired when there is background noise.  Would it be okay to wait 3 more years before testing him for CAPD and then to provide him therapy and accommodations as needed?

If your answer to any of these is, ‘Yes’ please indicate why.

[I can’t believe that we are still having this discussion.  What am I missing?  I am eager to know if anyone thinks waiting for an arbitrary age like 7 is proper, and to make it a rule for the entire profession even when we have been working with younger children for decades most successfully.]

Here is One More Important Question

1. If words, phrases, syllables, sentences, nonsense words, coughing, music, tones, noises, clicks and every other sound can be part of audiology, why not speech-sounds???

[It is hard to believe that some people really believe that every other sound can be part of audiology, but such a critically important sound (directly associated with the auditory cortex itself) is not part of audiology!]