Signs of Hearing Loss in a Child

  • Lack of attention to sounds (birth-1 year)
  • Does not respond when you call his/her name (7 months-1 year)
  • Does not follow simple directions (1-2 years)
  • Shows delays in speech and language development (birth-3 years)
  • Pulls or scratches at his/her ears
  • Difficulty achieving academically, especially in reading and math
    Socially isolated and unhappy in school
  • Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise (regular and constant listening to electronics at high volumes)

What Parents Can Do

  • See an audiologist if your child did not pass the newborn hearing screening
  • See an audiologist if you have any concerns about your child’s hearing (some hearing losses can begin months or years after birth)
  • Ask your audiologist about the need for hearing aids or cochlear implants

Know the Signs of Speech and Language Disorders in Children

Signs of common speech and language disorders in children between birth to 4 years of age, an important stage in early detection of communication disorders.

Signs of a Language Disorder
Signs of a Speech Sound Disorder
Signs of Stuttering (Disfluency)
Signs of a Voice Disorder
Signs of Hearing Loss

Information taken from Identify the Signs – a campaign by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)