Symptoms Of Hearing Loss In Young Children

Posted on: 9 February 2016

If you have very young children, chances are good that you are going to be watching them for signs that anything is wrong because you are worried about them. Once common issue that many parents miss is that their children have hearing problems. Your child might not have every experienced a full level of hearing and therefore won't know that it's out of the ordinary to not be able to easily hear conversations going around him or her. Here are some signs that you can look for to see if your child is experiencing hearing loss.

1. Infant Not Responding to Noise

If you want to be certain that your infant doesn't have any hearing problems, you want to make sure that he or she wakes up when you come into the room and make a lot of noise. If he or she doesn't seem to notice and this is the case several times, your baby might not be able to hear you. Another quick test to perform is to see if, when you make a loud noise, your baby gets startled. Try dropping a pan behind your baby's back to see if he or she becomes startled. Finally, a baby not responding in any way to you talking to him or her might have hearing loss. Babies should at least occasionally gurgle and coo back at you when you make noises at them.

2. One Year Old Not Responding to Name

If you call your one year old's name and he or she doesn't respond at all, this is a good sign that he or she either did not hear you or is not used to hearing his or her name called and is therefore not conditioned to respond to it. Both of these are signs of hearing loss in young children.

3. One Year Old Not Using Noise to Get Your Attention

Another sign is if your one year old does not use noise in order to get your attention. Children repeat actions that they have seen as being effective and if your child has hearing loss, he or she has likely never experienced or even noticed that people respond when they hear something. If your child seems to have no concept of getting your attention vocally and instead only relies on physical touch or sight, you might need to take your child to an audiologist. 

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