INFOGRAPHIC: Grow Your Baby’s Hearing Brain
By Hearing First Team November 19, 2015
Get a family-friendly infographic that illustrates the importance of early hearing experiences for brain development.
Babies are learners from Day One, with their ears providing a doorway to their brain.
Did you know that a child who is deaf or hard of hearing can develop at the same rate as their hearing friends? This is possible when you “grow” their hearing brain at an early age. We know it works! Scientific research indicates that early experiences shape the brain. When you have a positive interaction with your baby, like imitating the sounds they are making to encourage them to make more, you are helping to shape their brain for a lifetime of listening and learning. These experiences change the brain by growing the connections needed to learn to have conversations with friends, read books, create art, think about and solve problems, and do well in school. These early experiences also have a significant impact on social skills and the ability to understand the thoughts and feelings of others. That's why parents of children with hearing loss should be adamant about growing their child's hearing brain. This early brain development opens the door to listening and spoken language success and will help you achieve the goals you have for your baby.
We created an infographic to show the importance of early identification of hearing loss, early access to meaningful sound and timely entry into early intervention for brain development. Take a look!
Remember, developing your baby’s brain is dependent upon the repetition of routine, quality interactions between you and your baby. The quality and quantity of your baby’s early learning experiences impact brain development during their most formative years. The first 3 ½ years of their life is a sensitive time period for language learning. By doing this now, you are well on your way to achieving the listening and talking goals you have for your baby.
Want to learn more? There are so many great sources for more information on growing a baby’s hearing brain and brain development in children. Here are some of the best:
- This Harvard Center on the Developing Child video explains how those “serve and return” interactions actually shape the brain →
- Zero to Three, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, has an interactive brain map that shows how your baby’s brain changes as they age, how language development occurs, and more →
- Read the Brain Story to learn how the brain builds its foundation with connections that lead to learning and future success →