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Could your Child be suffering from Hearing loss ?

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:41 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Could your Child be suffering from Hearing loss ?

Clues to see if your baby could be suffering from Hearing loss

Watch the Response To The Environment

Baby (Birth to 6 Months)

  • Does not startle, move, cry, or react in any way to unexpected loud noises
  • Does not awaken to loud noises
  • Does not freely imitate sound
  • Cannot be soothed by voice alone.
  • Does not turn his/her head in the direction of my voice

Young Infant (6 through 12 months)

  • Does not point to familiar persons or objects when asked
  • Does not babble or babbling has stopped
  • By 12 months is not understanding simple phrases such as "wave by-bye", "clap hands" by listening alone
  • Does not say single words such as “dada” or “mama” by 1 year of age

Child (13 months through Two Years)

  • Does not accurately turn in the direction of a soft voice on the first call.
  • Is not alert to environmental sounds
  • Does not respond to sound or does not locate where sound is coming from.
  • Does not begin to imitate and use simple words for familiar people and things around the home
  • Does not sound like or use speech like other children of similar age
  • Does not listen to TV at a normal volume
  • Does not show consistent growth in the understanding words
  • Vocabulary is not increasing as expected.

Clues to Watch out for in your Older Child 

  • If your child has any of the features listed below your child may be at risk for hearing loss and needs to be evaluated by a professional
  • People have to raise their voice consistently to get the child's attention.
  • At any age after talking has begun, the child frequently says “huh” or “what” when somebody is speaking.
  • The child responds inconsistently to sound, sometimes hearing it and other times not.
  • child has a history of ear infections - often getting earaches or runny ears.
  • At any age the child watches the speaker's face carefully.
  • child turns his head so that one ear is facing the direction of the sound source.
  • child complains of hurting ears.
  • child prefers low pitch or high pitch sounds.
  • child talks in a soft or loud voice.
  • child keeps the radio or television volume loud
  • child does not always come or look when called.
  • child confuses sounds that are alike.
  • child's speech is poorer than you would expect of a child of his or her age.
  • child does not use verbal language much.
  • child frequently asks for things to be repeated.
  • child often answers a question with an unrelated answer.
  • child seems inattentive at home or at school.
  • child has a history of hearing loss.
  • child does not pay attention to instructions half or more of the time.
  • child does not listen carefully - often needs instructions repeated.
  • child has difficulty attending to auditory stimuli for more than a few seconds.
  • child has a short attention span.
  • child's attention drifts,seems to be daydreaming.
  • child is easily distracted/bothered by background sounds.
  • child has problems with spelling/phonics.
  • child has difficulty telling one sound from another.
  • child forgets what is said in a few minutes.
  • child does not remember routine things from day to day.
  • child has problems with what was heard last week, month, year.
  • child has problems recalling a sequence of instructions.
  • child has problems following auditory directions.
  • child frequently misunderstands what was said.
  • child does not understand many words for age/grade level.
  • child learns poorly through auditory channels.
  • child has language problems (sentence structure, vocabulary, word formation).
  • child has articulation (pronunciation) problems.
  • child can not always relate what is seen to what is heard.
  • child lacks motivation to learn.
  • child takes longer to respond to verbal stimuli.
  • child has below average performance in one or more academic areas.
  • child does not always come or look when called.
  • child may show overactive, aimless behavior.
  • child may be aggressive or destructive.
  • child may appear withdrawn (out of touch with environment).
  • child may show excessive fears or anxieties.

If your child has any of the features listed above your child may be at risk for hearing loss and needs to be evaluated by a professional


Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal


Consultant ENT & Head & Neck Surgery

Location: BANGALORE:Sadashivnagar,Sahakaranagar,RT Nagar,Hebbal




ENT Specialist Bangalore

Categories: Ear , Paediatric ENT