Approximately 3 in 1,000 babies are born with permanent hearing loss.

Left undetected, mild or unilateral hearing loss can result in delayed speech and language acquisition, social-emotional or behavioral problems, and lags in academic achievement. Yoshinaga-Itano C., Sede A.L., Coulter B.A., & Mehl A.L. (1998). 

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Early intervention is key.

When children are not identified and do not receive early intervention, special education for a child with hearing loss costs schools an additional $420,000, and has a lifetime cost of approximately $1 million per individual. Johnson, J.L., Mauk, G.W., Takekawa, K.M., Simon, P.R., Sia, C.C.J., & Blackwell, P.M. (1993). 
Research has concluded that children born with hearing loss who are identified and given appropriate intervention before 6 months of age demonstrated significantly better speech and reading comprehension than children identified after 6 months of age. Yoshinaga-Itano, C., & Apuzzo, M.L. (1998). 

This means that hearing loss is one of the most common birth defects in America.

Hearing loss can have serious effects.

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Untreated hearing loss costs taxpayers.

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