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Hearing - Children's Needs

At Professional Hearing Services we have highly-trained clinical audiologists who specialize in pediatric assessment. Their experience working with children brings a level of support that has proven essential in assisting children and parents through the learning curve of a hearing loss disability. We feel certain that you will find our confident professionals are dedicated to making a child's world a little larger.

Speech Language Development

Critical Years

Importance of Early ID

Possible Signs of Hearing Loss

Decrease babbling

No startle reflex

Not responding to sound

Ear infection - temporary or permanent hearing loss

Dear Parent, Did you know?

The 1994 Position Statement given by the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing endorses the goal of universal detection of hearing loss.

Newborn and infant hearing loss is estimated to occur in 6 per 1,000 births.
Fifty percent of infants with hearing loss and deafness are normal, full-term babies.
Infants can be fitted for hearing aids as early as 1 month of age.

Hearing problems typically are not detected until the child would normally learn speech at 2-3 years of age.

Detecting hearing problems at birth will help prevent developmental and social problems that occur if not detected until later in childhood.

Early detection can save thousands of dollars in follow-up care to correct the problems.
Hearing screening can be performed after birth and takes only a few minutes.
The screen causes no discomfort to the infant. In fact, the infant should be quietly asleep during the hearing screen.

Your Baby's Hearing Checklist

Birth to 3 Months:

Quiets or diminishes activity when approached by sound (hears parent’s voice)
Is startled by loud sounds (startle – blink, body jerk, cessation of sucking, sudden cry, etc.)

Three to Six Months:

Looks to speaker’s voice
Turns head to search for source of a voice
Enjoys rattles, noise-making toys
Anticipates feeding by familiar sounds (bottles, rattling, spoon in dish, etc.)

Six to Ten Months:

Reacts to music by cooing
Responds to own name
Looks to right person when words "Mommy" and "Daddy" are said
Shows understanding of common words such as "no", "all-gone", "bye", "nighty-night"
Babbles (sounds like: da, ba ma)

Ten to Fifteen Months:

Knows names of favorite toys and can point to them when asked
Likes rhymes and jingles
Imitates simple words and sounds

Fifteen to Twenty Months:

Can follow simple directions ("Go get your shoes, jacket.")
Recognizes hair, nose, eyes and other parts of body when named
Asks for wants by naming "blanket", "cookie", or "teddy bear"
Speaks 10 to 20 words

Twenty to Twenty-four Months:

Begins combining words such as: "More juice", "Mommy home?" or "Go bye-bye car"
Refers to self by name
Enjoys being read to Shows interest in sounds of radio, television and stereo

Twenty-four to Three Years of Age:

At 24 months: speaks about 270 words with a very fast rate of increase in vocabulary each day

Wants to communicate to express needs and interests and tell experiences
Is frustrated if adults do not understand

By age three, vocabulary equals some 1000 words, about 80% of which should be intelligible even to strangers. It is not unusual for some sounds to be mispronounced (such as "th", "r", or "l")

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Effects of Hearing Loss on a Child’s Development