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16 January 2017 at 8:03PM

Detecting Hearing Loss in Children

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Marie-Josée Paul
In: Prevention

Hearing is essential to child development. Although hearing loss cannot be seen, staying alert can allow you to detect hearing problems early on. Childhood language skills generally start developing during a child's first 24 months of life. Hearing is a fundamental contributor to this.

 

Signs to Watch For

 

The First Months

  • Non-responsiveness to sounds
  • Overly tranquil sleep

 

3 to 12 Months

  • Emits non-melodic sounds
  • Stops babbling
  • Does not respond when his or her name is called

 

12 to 24 Months

  • Lack of formation of first words
  • Gesture-based communications only
  • Child only pays attention to what he or she can see
  • Uncontrolled articulation of sounds

 

2 to 3 Years

  • Language delay
  • Behavioural disorders in relationships: withdrawal or agitation

 

Over 3 Years

  • Language delay
  • Behavioural disorders
  • Learning disabilities

 

Hearing Loss Affects 6 to 10 Children out of 1000

Did you know? The average age of hearing loss detection in children is 3 years old. There are several screening tests that allow to measure hearing in children as young as newborns. Early diagnosis and treatment can maximize childhood language development. This helps prevent language and social problems by stimulating development and learning.

 

What to Do If You Are Not Sure

If you suspect your child may suffer from hearing loss, see a doctor as soon as possible. For more information on hearing loss in children and what to do, click here.