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Symptoms Of Hearing Loss In Infants and Toddlers

The ability to hear and communicate with others is the basic foundation of every relationship. This is especially true for infants and toddlers, as being able to hear their parents is how they learn about the world around them. Sometimes babies have hearing loss that prevents them from hearing properly. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of hearing loss so that you can get your child immediate treatment.

Expected Behavior

Below is a list that will be a helpful tool in figuring out whether your child’s behavior is age-appropriate or if they might be experiencing hearing loss. Some of these behaviors include:

Birth to 3 Months

  • Gets scared by loud noises
  • Smiles or gets quieter when spoken to
  • Has a different cry for different wants
  • Smiles and gets excited when interacted with

4 to 6 Months

  • Babbles with recognizable consonants like m, b, and p
  • Displeasure and excitement are vocalized
  • Recognizes changes in your tone
  • Follows the direction of sound with their eyes
  • Recognizes the toys that play music and sounds

7 months to 1 year

  • Uses gestures such as waving to communicate
  • Attempts to imitate your speech patterns
  • Likes playing games such as peek-a-boo or wheels- on- the- bus
  • Knows the words for everyday items such as “water”, “cup”, “food”
  • Starts responding to comments such as “do you want your blankie?” or “come see mommy!”

Recognizing if your baby exhibits these behaviors will be most helpful in determining whether or not they have poor hearing as their communication in the first year is limited. However if your child is preschool age, there are hearing loss symptoms that you can look out for.

Symptoms of Hearing Loss

  • Struggles understanding others
  • Focuses on the speaker’s lips intently trying to read their lips
  • Imitates what others are doing at school and at home
  • Speaks noticeably different from their peers
  • Misunderstands questions regularly
  • Turns the volume up incredibly loud on various devices
  • Responds “what?” and “huh?’ often throughout the day
  • Will complain about painful earaches, or get irritated by noises
  • Doesn’t notice or respond when their name is called

Treatment

If you’ve noticed your baby isn’t exhibiting age-appropriate behavior, of if you’ve recognized hearing loss symptoms in your toddler, take them in for a visit to your family pediatrician. If they agree that a hearing loss may be present, they will refer you to an audiologist who can test your child’s hearing more thoroughly. The problem may be as simple as an ear infection or excessive wax buildup, in which case the problem can be taken care of quickly.

Your audiologist will be able to perform a hearing exam on a child six months or older to determine if they have a hearing loss, what type of hearing loss they have, as well as the severity of the hearing loss. Once you’ve been able to answer all of these concerns, your audiologist will provide your child with the treatment that they need. Possible treatments include assistive listening devices, speech therapy, cochlear implant, and hearing aids.

Don’t become discouraged if your suspect your child might be suffering from a hearing-loss. With the help of your audiologist, you will be able to find a treatment method that allows you to communicate effectively with your child.

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