Infant and Childhood Hearing Loss

Hearing loss at any age is an emotional issue. This loss is especially heartbreaking in children. Fortunately, many causes of hearing loss are treatable. At Hearing Health Associates, we specialize in testing, monitoring and determining the best possible solutions for hearing loss in children. 

As with adults, hearing loss in children typically falls into two main categories: conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss. You can read more about these here

Symptoms
Symptoms vary by age and developmental level. Here are a few signs to look for:

Newborn/Infant:

  • Not startling or awakening at loud noises (0-3 months)
  • Not calming at familiar voices (0-3 months)
  • Not responding (smiling, cooing) to your voice when spoken to (4-6 months)
  • Not turning toward sounds (4-9 months)
  • Not showing normal babbling development (4-9 months)

Baby/Toddler:

  • Not babbling different voices (9-15 months)
  • Not responding to his/her name (9-15 months)
  • Not responding to changes in your tone of voice (9-15 months)
  • Not repeating some sounds you make (9-15 months)
  • Not pointing to familiar objects when they are named (15-24 months)
  • Not following simple commands (15-24 months)
  • Not speaking several independent words (15-24 months)

Older Children:

  • Listening to the TV/other electronics too loudly
  • Having difficulty in school
  • Not responding to someone that is talking without being face to face
  • Responding inappropriately to questions
  • Having speech/language delays
  • Complaining of earaches, ear pain or head noises

If you believe your child is experiencing a hearing loss, consult with your child's pediatrician for a referral or contact us directly. We're here to help!