Before talking, ensure there are going to be no distractions and keep background noise to a minimum.

The conversation should be face-to-face, maintaining eye-contact.

Keep your usual rhythm of speech but speak clearly.

Tell your child’s school about their circumstances. Perhaps it can be arranged for your child to sit near to the teacher. The teacher should understand that at times they will be asked to repeat themselves.

Protect your child’s hearing

Be aware of toys that create noise. They may be placed next to your baby’s ear in a cot.

Monitor their exposure to loud noise and follow an hour’s session with ten minutes of silent/quiet time.

If your child plays a musical instrument, encourage the use of ear plugs.

It is important to check your child’s hearing as they grow. If you have concerns about your child’s hearing ability, discuss them with your family doctor or health visitor.