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Signs of Hearing Loss in children


The vast majority of newborns in the United States receive a hearing screening before discharge from the hospital. But according to the Better Hearing Institute, hearing loss can occur at any time, and it may not be evident immediately. And while severe or profound hearing loss may be obvious, noticing milder forms of hearing loss—including hearing loss in only one ear—can be more difficult. That is why the Better Hearing Institute recommends regular hearing evaluations as children grow and mature, and offers these signs of hearing loss, to look for in a child:

Concern by a family member or teacher that a child is not quick to hear things

Delays in the development of a child’s ability to speak and use language as compared to others of the same age, at home, at school, or in the childcare setting

Difficulty paying attention and behaving

Difficulty with academic performance

Inappropriate, delayed, or a lack of response to soft and moderate-level sounds or spoken language when distractions are minimal

Frequent use of "what?" or "huh?"

Intently watching the faces of speakers

Difficulty understanding speech when there is background noise

Sitting close to the TV when the volume is loud enough for others; increasing the volume on the TV or other audio electronics to unreasonably loud levels

Not responding to voices over the telephone or continually switching ears when on the phone

Not “jumping” or becoming startled by sudden, loud noises

Inability to accurately figure out where a sound is coming from

Pay careful attention how quickly and well your child is learning to speak and understand language when compared to other children of the same age. If something doesn’t seem right, ask your doctor.

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