04 Nov Signs of Hearing Loss in Children
Your child’s hearing is vital to your child’s development, especially at an early age. If you child struggles with a mild or partial hearing loss, it can seriously impact their ability to grow and develop their language skills. Hearing loss in children is actually more common than many parents realize, but the good news is, these hearing issues are easy to overcome if you catch them early.
It is best if you can catch these potential hearing issues by the time your baby reaches the age of three months old. Of course, it can be quite difficult to determine if a baby has hearing issues, particularly because they are unable to communicate. So how do you determine if your baby is struggling with hearing loss? Here are a few signs to look for:
- Infants who do not get startled or jump at sudden, loud noise
- Babies who do not recognize their parents voice by three months
- Six-month-old babies who do not turn their eyes or head toward a sound
- Babies who aren’t imitate sounds or saying simple words by 12 months
Just because you don’t see haring loss symptoms when your baby is a young infant, it doesn’t mean that your child isn’t struggling with hearing loss. As your child grows into a toddler, the signs of hearing loss may include some of the following signs and symptoms:
- Kids who have limited speech
- Struggling with learning to talk at all
- Children who are often inattentive
- Issues with learning
- Kids who need a higher TV volume when watching TV
- Toddlers who fail to respond to their name
- Getting frustrated when there is a lot of background noise
- Kids failing to respond to conversations or answer questions inappropriately
These are all signs and signals to look for, and indicators that you need to make an appointment with a pediatrician to get to the bottom of the issue. There are a few different types of hearing loss that can impact children, and treatments available that can help your child regain this important sense.
If you have more questions about your child’s hearing, or if you feel as though your child may need a hearing test, then contact Continuum Pediatrics. We are here to help. You can call us directly at 817-617-8600 to schedule an appointment with our doctors.