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Never Take Your Child's Hearing For Granted

by Kathy Peck

Never take your child's hearing for granted. Be sure to watch for signs of difficulty during the first two critical years. Never assume that your child's hearing will be tested in the hospital or in school. Make it a point to find out if your child has been tested or, ask to be referred to an audiologists, or an ear doctor for a full examination. Always take your child's earaches seriously. Survey's show that seven out of ten youngsters develop acute otitis media at least once before 3 years of age. Remember that you are the best detector of your child's ability to hear, learn, and use language. Be quick to obtain professional assistance if progress seems delayed. Hearing and speech are important skills your child needs in order that they may develop to their fullest potential. Be sure they are the very best they can be from early on.

Normal Speech Development Time Line.

Birth to six month
Baby responds to your voice or sounds and turns eyes and head toward their location.

Six to ten months
Baby responds to their name and common words such as no and bye-bye seem to be understood.

Ten to fifteen months
Child can imitate simple words and can point to or look at familiar people or objects when asked.

Fifteen to eighteen months
Simple spoken directions are understood and the child speaks their first words.

By the age of two
Child uses ten or more single words, vocabulary grows into phrases and simple sentences by the age of three.

Hearing loss can also occur latter on. Hear are some important warning signs that your child may be having hearing problems.

  • Child seems withdrawn or inattentive.

  • Child watches your face when talking to you, asks for words to be repeated, or replies to questions with unrelated answers.

  • Child requests TV or radio to be turned up louder thatn other family members.


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