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Research on childhood hearing loss in the last quarter century has clearly demonstrated 2 important concepts. First, hearing loss in children has numerous potential deleterious effects, including impaired speech and language development, decreased educational achievement, and impaired social-emotional development.1 Second, childhood hearing loss is on the rise.2
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