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