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Hearing Loss in Children and the Best Hearing Loss Treatment

Hearing Loss
in Children

If you think your child has hearing loss there are certain things you should look for.
The signs of hearing loss aren’t always obvious. Here are some things to look for, plus a guide to hearing and speech development in young children. Check the best hearing loss treatment with hearing aid centre in delhi. 
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Hearing loss in children

In some cases, a child’s hearing loss is picked up through testing soon after birth. Other times, it is more difficult to identify.
You may not know if your child has hearing loss — especially if they haven’t started talking. That’s why it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms now, so you can be ready to take action.

Some possible signs of hearing loss in an infant or toddler

• Does not react to loud sounds. hearing loss in children

• Does not seek out or detect where sound is coming from

• Has stopped babbling and experimenting with making sounds

• Still babbles but is not progressing to more understandable speech

• Doesn’t react to voices, even when being held.

Ages and stages that children typically learn to listen and speak

Knowing more about hearing and speech development milestones can be helpful. Use these guidelines to better understand your child’s progress. 

Age
Birth to three months

Hearing and Understanding

Startles at loud sounds
Smiles when spoken to
Seems to recognise parent’s voice and quietens if crying
Changes sucking behaviour in response to sound

Speech and language

Makes cooing sounds
Cries differently for different needs
Smiles when sees the parent

Age
4 – 6 months

Hearing and Understanding

Moves eyes in direction of sounds
Responds to changes in tone of your voice
Notices toys that make sounds
Pays attention to music

Speech and language

Babbling sounds are becoming more speech-like
Vocalises excitement and displeasure
Makes gurgling sounds when left alone and when playing with you

Age
7 months – 1 year

Hearing and Understanding

Enjoys games like “Where is mama?” and Round and round
Turns to look in the direction of sounds
Listens when spoken to
Recognises words for common items like “cup”, “ball”

Speech and language

Babbling has both long and short groups of sounds such as “up-up-up/down”
Uses speech or non-crying sound to get and keep attention
Imitates different speech sounds
Has one or two words (“bye-bye”, “dada”, “mama”), although they may not be clear

Age
1 – 2 years

Hearing and Understanding

Points to a few body parts when asked
Follows simple commands and understands simple questions
Listens to simple stories, songs and rhymes
Points to pictures in a book when named

Speech and language

Says more words every month
Uses one- to two-word questions (“where doggy?”)
Puts two words together (“more chocolate”)
Uses many different consonant sounds at the beginning of words

Possible Signs of Hearing Loss

Remember, some children with normal hearing may reach those milestones later. If you have any concerns you should speak to Audiologist or Doctor’s for needful action.

Some possible signs of hearing loss in a school-aged child

• Is easily frustrated or experiences communication breakdowns.

• Is falling behind with speech and communication skills.

• Relies on lip-reading.

• Is exhausted at the end of school from concentrating to understand speech.

What to do if you think your child has hearing loss

The first step is to see your child’s doctor and let them know about your concerns. He or she may check your child’s ears and can refer to audiologist for Hearing screening test.

• OAE

• BERA

• ASSR

& if Hearing loss exist than they may benefit from Hearing aid / Cochlear Implants followed be Speech Therapy.

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