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Normal Milestones of Hearing & Speech

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Normal Milestones in Hearing & Speech

0 - 4 months:

Stops movement or quiets in response to speech, or unfamiliar noises.

Startles to loud sounds.

Moves eyes toward sound source.

Rouses from light sleep to sudden loud noises.

Imitates gurgling or cooing sounds and show response to noise making toys.

At 3 months, the child should soothe or show responses to the mother’s voice.

4 - 7 months:

Begins head turn toward sounds and voices out of sight (4 months) and turns head directly toward the sound source (7 months).

Smiles in response to speech.

Looks in response to own name.

Babbling begins.

7 - 9 months:

Turns to find a sound source out of sight.

Gurgles or coos to sounds out of sight.

Intonation patterns heard in speech.

Comprehends “no.” Babbles in multiple syllables.

Makes some kind or response to his/her own name.

Responds to household sounds such as spoon rattling in a cup, running water, the noise of a washing machine or footsteps from behind.

At 9 months, the child should engage in loud shrieking and sustained production of vowels.

9 - 12 months:

Acquires first true word.

Imitates sounds.

Looks at or points to a common object when asked.

Responds to singing or music.

Understands simple commands.

Uses his/her own voice to get attention.

At 12 months, the child should imitate sounds and simple words.

13 - 18 months:

Uses sentence-like intonation.

Perceives emotions of others.

Uses 3 - 20 words.

Uses all vowels and consonants in jargon.

19 - 24 months:

Uses more words than jargon.

Asks question by rising intonation at end of phrase.

Comprehends about 300 words.

Uses about 50 words.

Produces animal sounds.

Combines 2 words into phrases.

Listens to simple stories.

At 21-24 months, the child should localize directly to sounds, at all angles.


Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal


Consultant ENT & Head & Neck Surgery

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




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Categories: Ear , Paediatric ENT