Warning Signs of Hearing Loss
Provided is a list of several warning signs that may indicate the presence of a hearing loss.
- The infant does not react to loud sounds with a startle, blink, widening of the eyes, or crying.
- At 4 months old, the baby does not turn toward a sound source, such as a parent's voice, just out of the baby's view.
- At 4 months old, the baby does not become quiet in response to sounds such as voices or soft music or does not smile after hearing a familiar voice.
- At 7 months old, the baby does not immediately turn toward the source of a voice across a room.
- At 9 months old, the baby does not babble freely or stops babbling soon after first beginning to babble.
- The baby at 12 months does not respond to familiar words such as bye, bye and no.
- At 18 to 24 months old, the child does not put two words together (e.g., more juice or daddy's car).
- The 18-month-old child's speech does not have a "natural" quality to it. When a severe or profound hearing loss is present, a child's speech may be particularly nasal, high-pitched, or monotone with no prosody (sing-song quality) in the voice. The child's voice might also be too loud or quiet.
- The toddler's speech articulation does not include a variety of vowels and consonants and is relatively incomprehensible.
- At 18 to 24 months old the child does not appear to be able to hear and follow simple directions. A child with a moderate to severe hearing loss often "mishears" a word, such as, if the child is told, "Go get your shirt," and instead brings back shoes.
- The child has more difficulty hearing and understanding speech at a distance or in a noisy environment.
- At 2 years old, the child often turns up the sound on the television or radio.
- The child does not respond to a statement that excites other children in a group (e.g., "Who wants to go outside?").
- The child says, "What?" or "Huh?" frequently.
- The child has more difficulty following instructions when not watching a speaker's face.
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