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• Vision problems are common among children, with some studies suggesting that as many as one in five have some form visual deficit (Li et al, 2016).
• There have been “significant increases” (Holden et al, 2016) in short-sightedness (myopia) due in no small part to increasing in screentime – a problem that has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic (Zhang et al, 2022).
• These problems can lead to difficulties seeing in the distance (e.g. viewing the board) or when reading, which in turn can disadvantage a child in the school environment.
• Hearing loss in childhood is common and can affect almost one in five children and young people – with the majority developing problems during childhood. In fact, hearing loss is much more prevalent in 6 to 11-year-olds than most current estimates (Moore et al, 2020).
• Even minimal, mild, and moderate hearing loss can have an impact on cognitive and auditory skills and cause detrimental effects on speech, language, developmental and educational outcomes (Lieu et al, 2020; Moore et al, 2020).
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Flashback to another informational source, Time Out! I Didn't Hear You.
The gold standard for information on sports and hearing was a gratis ebook that was published by those at the University of Pittsburgh. This was updated a few years ago and is still available for anyone to read.
Experts in this area of hearing provided this resource for parents, coaches, clinicians, advocates and athletes. Then, it was re-done as so much of the technology has improved. The latest version of the book is online for free at the Univ. of Pittsburgh web site. The present version has two targets, as one is geared to the athletes in college and the other for high school athletes.
When the book first came out, about 27 years ago, its prime author, Catherine Palmer, Ph.D., gave a presentation at the Pacific Swim Coaches Clinic. It was well received.
The whole suite of tools for speech to text, and even with a mix to different languages, is possible now.
Imagine, talking to a group of swimmers, then seeing the words scroll onto a scoreboard.