Hearing Loss in Children

If you think your child has hearing loss…

It is important that parents be aware of their children’s hearing from the moment their child is born. A child’s hearing can be affected by many things. Some children run a high risk of hearing loss due to certain medical diseases or medications, heredity or prenatal complications, including rubella, syphilis, low birth weight, meningitis, and asphyxia. Toddlers and pre-school age children may acquire a temporary or permanents hearing loss with repeated middle ear infections. Older children may acquire hearing loss with repeated exposure to loud noises such as loud music.

Here are a few guidelines

From birth to 3 months, the child should:

  • startle or cry at loud noises
  • stop moving and seem to listen to speech or sounds
  • awaken at a loud sound

From 3 to 6 months, your child should:

  • look toward a sound or speaker
  • smile when spoken to
  • recognize mother’s voice
  • enjoy rattles and other toys that make sounds

From 6 to 9 months, your child should:

  • respond to his or her name
  • babble and make lots of different sounds
  • respond to “no”

From 9 to 12 months, your child should:

  • turn to look when his or her name is called
  • listen to people talking
  • respond to simple commands such as “give me” and “come here”
  • understand “bye-bye”

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