Baby Justice Cannot Hear

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After birth, infants jump immense milestones in terms of development. The first few weeks of a child’s life mark pertinent milestones of both perceptual and motor development. One important aspect of perceptual development is hearing which is fairly well developed immediately at birth. Although infants are initially slightly hard of hearing, they show sensitivity to sound, music, rhythm and melody. By just 4 to 6 months, children with regular hearing are able to localize noises and listen to sound (Robert Siegler, 2011). Hearing is an intricate process in which external stimuli such as sound is converted to the vibrational energy by the ear canal and eardrum and then to electrical pulses presented to the brain by various hearing nerves (Robert Siegler, 2011). The brain analyzes these electrical impulses into the sensation of hearing (Robert Siegler, 2011). Damage to the cochlear implant results in “sensory neural hearing loss” indicating that the ear has trouble translating sound waves into signals that can be analyzed by the brain (Robert Siegler, 2011). Justice’s wildcard of limited hearing in her left ear will surely affect and delay the first few perceptual and motor milestones of her infancy.
The fact that Justice was born a month early likely had something to do with her hearing difficulties. Justice, being born 34 weeks after conception, thankfully did not miss the critical period for proper ear development as the ears are fully developed in the fetus by 16 weeks
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