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Failure to be startled by loud sounds
- Inability to locate the source of sounds by, for example, turning the head towards the person speaking. Children with normal hearing will usually try and locate a sound source by around the age of 5-6 months
- Generally requiring louder sound levels in order to function – sitting too close to the television, turning up the volume, frequently asking “what?” when spoken to and not responding when called
- Babbling ceases or changes to more high-pitched screaming sounds at the age of around 6-8 months
- Lack of normal response to sounds – does not respond to his or her own name by around the age of 6 months
- Failure for babbling to evolve into recognizable speech sounds and finally to words during the child’s second year of life
- Failure to respond to simple commands such as: “bring daddy the ball,” by around the age of 1 year, unless the child is looking directly at you and seeing your body movements
- Withdrawing from social contact and perhaps “acting out,” aggressively. This can indicate frustration over the constant misunderstandings resulting from hearing loss
- Frequently misunderstanding spoken directions.
Milestones for hearing development
It is very difficult to define “normal,” hearing development. Each individual develops in their own way and at their own pace. The milestones described below are therefore only to be considered as general guide- lines.
Startled by sudden or loud sounds. Begins to localize sounds with eyes or head movements.
Shows interest in different sounds and experiments with making own sounds. Seemingly recognizes familiar voices.
Babbles. Begins to understand simple words such as “mummy” and “bye-bye”. Begins to follow simple instructions.
Words begin to form the babble. Can use about 20 words and understands around 50 words.
Can usually speak in simple sentences using a vocabulary of around 200-300 words. Enjoys being read to and can identify and name many things in picture books.
Uses words and sentences to express needs, questions and feelings. Vocabulary, pronunciation and understanding improve markedly during these years.
It is important to minimize the amount of time children are exposed to noise: parents and teachers should make every effort to reduce the noise in children’s surroundings in order to create a good, healthy sound environment.