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  • Certain behavioural problems: anger, aggression, emotional neediness, or withdrawn behaviour noticed by parents, teachers or social workers.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.

Minor Repairs and Verification

An evaluation is required by a hearing care professional to determine if the hearing aid is suitable for the patients needs.

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