Tips For Detecting Hearing Loss In Your Child

May 17, 2019 1:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When it comes to hearing loss in children, it can be hard to detect, especially when your child is very young. Nowadays, hearing tests are generally performed on newborns in the hospital to ensure that they do not have any hearing problems.

Parents are often the first people who notice that their child’s hearing seems off or that they have a problem hearing. While teachers, doctors, babysitters, and other family members may be able to notice that something is wrong with your child’s hearing, as a parent you are likely spending the most time with your kiddo.

At Valley Hearing Center in California, we know that being a parent can be challenging and many parents are always concerned that something may be wrong with their child. To help, we have compiled a list of appropriate behaviors in children and how you can determine whether or not they have a hearing problem.

In a previous blog, we discussed the causes of hearing loss in children. In today’s blog, we are going to talk about the signs that may indicate your child may have a hearing problem. By monitoring your child’s speech and hearing milestones, you will have a better idea of your child’s hearing ability. If you think your child may have trouble hearing, be sure to schedule a hearing test at one of our California locations! Our audiologists can help determine whether or not your child has hearing loss and what treatment is best.


While it is hard to determine whether or not your infant has a hearing problem since they do not respond to us like older children, there are some signs that may indicate a hearing problem in your little one. Depending on their age, there are certain milestones that can indicate if they are hearing and reacting properly.

Birth to Four Months

From the time your child is born to the time they turn four months old, there are certain behaviors that you should notice that can determine if their hearing is as it should be. These behaviors include:

  • Startling at loud sounds
  • Stirring or waking from loud sounds
  • Calms with familiar voice
  • Responds to your voice by cooing or smiling

If your child does not respond to sounds with these normal behaviors, they may have a hearing problem and a hearing test should be done.

Four Months to Nine Month

As your child gets a little older, they will begin to develop and react more to sounds. At this age, the normal behaviors include:

  • Noticing toys that make sounds
  • Smiling when spoken to
  • Making babbling noises
  • Crying differently for different needs
  • Understanding simple words with hand motions (bye-bye wave)

These behaviors and habits will begin to present themselves as your little one grows older. If you notice that your infant is not responding correctly to familiar sounds or your voice, it could be due to a hearing problem.

Nine Months to 15 Months

As your child continues to develop, they will be able to express themselves more and understand more, such as their name and who you are. Some of the common behaviors include:

  • Responding to their name
  • Babbling and making different sounds
  • Repeating simple sounds
  • Saying “dada” or “mama”
  • Responding to changes in your tone
  • Understanding simple requests

This is the age when your baby will begin to babble more and find their voice. They will understand more of what you say and will be able to repeat simple sounds that you make. If your child is not doing these things by 15 months, you should schedule a hearing exam with our California audiologists.

15 Months to 24 Months

From 15 months to two years old, your child should be speaking more and able to understand most of what you say. The common behaviors that you should expect from your child include:

  • Naming common objects
  • Using several simple words
  • Pointing to objects you name
  • Pointing to body parts you name
  • Following simple commands
  • Listening to rhymes, stories, and songs

At this age, your child should be beginning to speak, understanding what you are saying to them for the most part, and being able to follow simple directions. If your child is not showing these behaviors, it could be due to hearing loss.

Older Children

Older children can also display signs that they may be developing a hearing problem. Hearing problems can develop at any age for a variety of reasons, which is why it is always important to be aware of how your child reacts to sounds and pay attention to small behavioral changes that may indicate trouble hearing. When it comes to older children, some behaviors to look out for include:

  • Wanting to turn up the speakers or televisions excessively high
  • Speaking differently than other children their age
  • Having trouble understanding what others are saying
  • Having problems academically
  • Not replying when their name is called
  • Having speech or language delays
  • Switching ears regularly while talking on the phone
  • Watching other people’s actions in order to imitate
  • Complaining about earaches or noises

Signs that your older child has hearing problems should be more obvious that your younger infant because you should notice a difference in their behaviors and how they react to sounds, questions, and other noises. However, it is common that children’s hearing loss goes undetected because they are very skilled at lip reading. If you notice your child intently watching a speaker’s face or lips, they may be trying to read what they are saying.

There are many different ways for a parent to tell if their child has hearing loss, no matter the age of the child. If your child is showing any signs that they may have a hearing problem, be sure to schedule a hearing exam at Valley Hearing Center in California. Our team can help determine if they have hearing loss and the best treatment option for them. Contact us today!

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