It is very important that parents be aware of their child's hearing from the moment their child is born. Many things can affect a child's hearing. Things such as heredity, prenatal complications (i.e. rubella, syphilis, low birth weight, meningitis, and asphyxia) can cause hearing loss to occur. Repeated middle ear infections can also cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. Older children and adults may also acquire a hearing loss with repeated exposure to loud noise such as loud music.
If you suspect your child has difficulty hearing , seek professional help immediatly. Here are some helpful guidelines to help you determine if you child has normal hearing.
- The child startles or cries at loud noises.
- The child stops moving and seems to listen to speech or sounds.
- Babies that have a severe to profound hearing loss may start to babble and then stop babbling because they cannot hear themselves.
- The child has to face you to understand what you are saying.
- The child says "what" a lot or asks you to repeat.
- The child does not respond to his or her name when called.
- The child has difficulty communicating when there is other background noise present.
- The child watches TV with a very loud volume.
- The child "seems to be" ignoring you.
- The child has difficulty following directions.