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Why is Hearing so Important for Children?

Even before babies are born, they can hear sounds from the outside world. Newborns are especially sensitive to the sound of the human voice. As babies watch their parents' faces, and hear them speak and sing, they are learning to communicate. Their hearing systems develop every day from the sounds they hear. A baby also learns to interact with people during the first months of life. By about 3 months, most babies will smile when spoken to. By 6 months they will begin to babble and imitate simple sounds. By one year most will say their first word! Children who can't hear will often have trouble doing these things or learning how to speak. It will be hard for them to learn and to interact with other people.