Signs of hearing impairment in children
Normal language development
- At the age of 2 to 4 months, children babble.
- At the age of 3 to 4 months, they can recognize “meaningful” sounds, such being called, footsteps, getting the nursing bottle ready, etc.
- At the age of 5 to 6 months, dialogue patterns encourage the further development of babbling.
- At the age of 18 to 24 months, language skills become more elaborate.
Signs of hearing impairment
- The nursing infant doesn’t react to noise or human voice sounds.
- Unnaturally peaceful sleep patterns.
- The progressive disappearance of babbling after 6 months: up to 6 months, deaf babies babble normally as they playfully engage their speech organs. However, as they fail to experience the pleasure of hearing themselves, their babbling gradually stops.
- Late appearance of first words (after 17 months).
- Erratic vocal utterances.
- Children at the age of 1 who show no reaction when someone says or calls out their name, or fail to react to any signals outside their range of vision.
- Certain articulation problems after the age of 4 years: slight phonetic confusions between unvoiced consonants (p, f, t) and voiced consonants (b, v, d).
- Certain behavioural problems: anger, aggression, emotional neediness, or withdrawn behaviour noticed by parents, teachers or social workers.
- Slow learning (difficulties doing dictations, reading and writing, etc.).
- The child’s mind seems to be elsewhere.
Source : Doctissimo
Montreal children's Hospital website: CUSM
Sainte-Justine's Hospital website: CHU Ste-Justine
If you notice any of these signs, please consult a healthcare professional.
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