Pediatric Hearing Loss

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Children born in North Carolina are routinely tested for hearing loss before they leave the hospital. But sometimes, hearing loss in children develops as the child ages, during the crucial early stages of growth. Listed below are important hearing-related milestones to watch for in your child. If you have concerns about your child’s ability to hear or his or her speech development, it is important to have a hearing test with a qualified doctor of audiology.

Important developmental milestones related to hearing

Birth to 3 months

  • Startles in response to loud sounds
  • Seems to recognize your voice
  • Quiets or smiles when spoken to

4 to 6 months

  • Babbles with many different sounds
  • Moves eyes in the direction of sounds
  • Notices toys that make sounds
  • Vocalizes excitement and displeasure

7 months to 1 year

  • Listens when spoken to
  • Imitates different speech sounds
  • Enjoys games like peek-a-boo

1 to 2 years

  • Points to some body parts when asked
  • Says more words every month
  • Listens to simple stories, songs, and rhymes
  • Puts two words together (“more juice”)

2 to 3 years

  • Understands differences in meaning (“on-in”)
  • Has a word for almost everything
  • Often asks for objects by naming them

3 to 4 years

  • Hears when you call from another room
  • Talks about activities at school or a friend’s home
  • Speaks in a way that people outside the family can usually understand

5 to 6 years

  • Pays attention and can answer questions about a short story
  • Uses the same grammar as the rest of the family
  • Communicates easily with other children and adults

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