LOCAL, state, and national hearing conservation programs have caused the loads of speech and hearing clinics to be increased tremendously over the past few years. More and more hard of hearing children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years are being seen, many of whom are also deficient in language capacity. These youngsters are being located earlier than ever before and are brought to the clinics upon the advice of physicians for hearing evaluation, prosthetic selection, and education. Frequently the presence of a communicative hearing loss is merely suspected, and the clinician is confronted with the complicated problem of differential diagnosis. He must evaluate these children carefully and determine whether the lack of communication is due to one or more of the following: low intellectual capacity, emotional maladjustment, lack of motivation or stimulation, brain damage, inadequate maturation, or hearing loss.
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