Speech Problems Related to Hearing

Detection and intervention leads to better outcomes

Research has demonstrated that detection and intervention for hearing loss prior to six months of age results in significantly better outcomes for the development of speech, language, cognition, and psychosocial abilities.  Hearing ability is crucial for children to develop speech and language skills as they grow.

Many children with hearing impairment are identified at birth via a newborn hearing screening in the hospital. While babies with normal hearing develop the ability to sense sounds in the womb and are exposed to sounds and language immediately, babies born with hearing loss are deprived of auditory stimulation until the hearing loss is discovered and appropriately managed.

How common is hearing loss in children?

Roughly 1.4 babies per 1,000 newborns have a hearing loss. Research from a 2005 National Health Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated five out of every 1,000 children are impacted by hearing loss, with most cases being diagnosed between ages three and 17 years.

This makes hearing loss one of the most common birth disorders in the United States. The sooner hearing loss is discovered and effectively managed, the better for your child and family.   Incredible advances have been made in technology and therapies, resulting in opportunities that can enable many children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and speak.

Where can I get help for my child?

At New Beginnings we have clinicians with varying experience and specialties. One such specialty is Hearing Loss and Deaf Education. Our Rich Beem location houses a clinician with over 15 years of dedication and experience with hearing loss, cochlear implants, and Auditory-Verbal with emphasis on Listening and Spoken Language.

Our ultimate goal is to help children with hearing loss to communicate by using their residual hearing in conjunction with assistive technology, speech reading, and voicing to maximize their effectiveness in daily communication and to support academic learning, socialization, and independence.


Cathlene Chapman, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Cathy is an Auditory-Verbal Specialist, Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Teacher of the Deaf and Learning Disabled. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas in Speech Communication and Deaf Education and her Master of Science and Speech Disorders from Texas Women University in Speech-Language Pathology.

Cathy earned her LSLS certification as an Auditory-Verbal Educator from A.G. Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

She has served as a Board Member and Chairperson of the Advisory Council for En Voz Alta and as the Founder/Director of Summer Day Camp for Children with Hearing Loss in El Paso.

Cathy has over 20 years of experience working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in both clinical and school settings. She was born and raised in El Paso. Cathy is married to her husband, JT, and they have one handsome son.

Annette Barron, M.S., SLP-Intern

Speech-Language Pathologist – Intern

Annette is a native El Pasoan who received her Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso. She obtained her Speech-Language Pathology Assistant license and has worked in pediatric speech therapy in home health, and for the last seven years in a private practice setting. Annette has worked with children with various needs such as: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Accent Reduction, Aphasia, Apraxia, Articulation Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (DD/ADHAD), Autism Spectrum, Cluttering, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability, and Stuttering. She recently graduated with her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is currently working on achieving her Auditory Verbal Therapy certification and plans to get further trained in feeding therapy.

Annette enjoys working with children and providing them with the skills needed to let their voice be heard. She believes in early intervention and working with families to improve and increase a child’s communication skills. Annette values the verse “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works” (Heb. 10:24 NLT). She is a past secretary of the El Paso Speech and Hearing Association. New Beginnings is happy to have Annette on their amazing team!


Eastside Office

1512 N Zaragoza Rd Ste C-1
El Paso, Texas 79936
Phone: (915) 855-0601

Far Eastside Office

3551 Rich Beem Ste B
El Paso, Texas 79938
Phone: (915) 303-5177


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For questions or for an evaluation call one of our office locations:
(915) 855-0601 (East) or (915) 303-5177 (Far East)