How to Protect Your Child’s Hearing

Protect Your Child’s Hearing

Hearing is the primary sense through which a child learns speech and language. Be aware of your child’s speech, language, and hearing milestones.

If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, call us to schedule a hearing test.

Signs of Hearing Loss in Children:

  • 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
  • Difficulty paying attention and behaving
  • Difficulty with academic performance
  • Inappropriate, delayed, or 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
  • Unable to accurately figure out where a sound is coming from


Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent and is almost always preventable!

  • Noise-induced hearing loss can occur at any age (12% of children ages 6-19 have noise-induced hearing loss)
  • Teach your child to turn down the volume when listening to the TV, iPod, MP3 player, or radio, especially when listening through earbuds or headphones
  • Teach your child to walk away from loud noises
  • Have your child wear proper hearing protection when they are in very noisy environments, such as concerts or sporting events