Children and Hearing Loss

Children and hearing loss

Untreated hearing loss in children can have devastating consequences including:

  • Speech and language delay
  • Reading difficulties
  • Poor academic performance
  • Behavioural problems
  • Impaired social development
  • Reduced vocational potential

Hearing Healthcare

Brampton Audiology can help minimize these risks by offering assessments for all age groups to determine whether medical referral, monitoring, and/or other treatments, including the prescription of hearing aids, are appropriate.

Your child’s hearing… does your child…

0-3 Months

  • Startle, cry, or wake to loud sounds.
  • Move the head, eyes, arms, and legs in response to a noise or voice.
  • Smile when spoken to (or calm down)
  • Appear to listen to sounds and talk.

4-6 Months

  • Respond to changes in your tone of voice.
  • Look around for where new sounds are coming fr
  • Respond to music.

7 months to a year

  • Turn or look up when her/his name is called.
  • Respond to the word “no”
  • Listen when spoken to.
  • Know common words like “cup”, “shoe”, “mom”
  • Respond to requests such as “want more”, or “come here”.

1-2 years of age

  • Turn toward you when you call his/her name from behind..
  • Follow simple commands
  • Try to “talk” by pointing, reaching and making noises.
  • Recognize sounds like a closing door or a ringing phone

2-3 years of age

  • Listen to a simple story.
  • Follow two requests, eg. “get the ball and put it on the table

3-4 years of age

  • Hear you when you call from another room.
  • Listen to the television at the same loudness as the rest of the family.
  • Answer simple questions.

4-5 years of age

  • Pay attention to a story and answer simple questions.
  • Hear and understand most of what is said at home and school (do family, teachers, sitters, and others think he/she hears fine?).

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