Toddlers And Hearing Problems: How To Identify The Warning Signs Of Hearing Loss

Posted on: 3 November 2015

Children with hearing problems have a better chance at meeting developmental milestones if their condition is diagnosed and treated early. For this reason, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you obtain a hearing screening for your child during the first month of their life. Follow-up screenings are just as important and should continue throughout the first decade of life, especially if your child fails any initial tests. Additionally, you should always be on the lookout for the warning signs of hearing loss, which include the following. 

First Year

It can be difficult to detect a hearing problem in a very young child. If you're perceptive, however, you can zero in on potential issues. Between the ages of 12 to 18 months, your child should be doing a few simple things. They should be able to follow simple commands, such as"no" and "come here." They should recognize your name, turn toward sounds and respond to music. They should also be able to babble and may even say a few words. If your child hasn't met these milestones, you might want to have their hearing evaluated. 

Second Year

By their second year, your child should be doing several things that will indicate if they can hear well or not. They should have a vocabulary of more than five words and able to use two or more words together. They should be able to identify objects and body parts by pointing at them. Your child should also understand phrases and be able to follow your commands. Children also usually develop a love for stories, songs and rhymes at this age. If your child is uninterested in these things, they may not be able to hear them clearly. 

Third Year

By the time your child is 3 years old, they should have a more advanced vocabulary and understanding of language. If your child doesn't understand commands or fails to ask a lot of questions, they may not be hearing adequately. By this age, your child should also be able to select items based on descriptive terms, such as red, large or soft. 

As mentioned, your child will do better if you catch their hearing loss early and treat it. Be sure to have their hearing tested regularly by an audiologist and to look for any signs of hearing loss at home, such as developmental delays and problems with speech and language comprehension. Visit a site like for more information.


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