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Signs Your Toddler or Preschooler May Have Hearing Loss

While many people associate hearing loss with older adults and the elderly, hearing loss can affect people of all ages. For toddlers and small children, hearing loss can negatively affect learning and development if gone untreated. For example, hearing is directly connected to speech; therefore, hearing loss can cause delays in a child’s speech skills. Understanding and expressing that they may be experiencing irregularities with their hearing can be difficult for small children, but as a parent, there are signs you can look for to help you decide if it’s time for your child to see an audiologist.

7 signs of hearing loss your toddler may display:

  • Does not respond to his/her name
  • Does not respond to changes in your voice/tone
  • Does not use their voice or sounds to get your attention
  • Does not try to mimic sounds you make
  • Does not listen to songs or stories
  • Does not point to familiar objects when mentioned
  • Seems to have trouble understanding simple commands

As your toddler grows and develops into a preschooler, signs of possible hearing loss will differ.  

7 signs of hearing loss your preschooler may display:

  • He/she often looks as if they’re concentrating on your visual cues (mouth movements or hand gestures) when you speak
  • Speaking louder than previously
  • Sitting close to the TV or needs to listen to the TV at a higher volume than everyone else
  • Leaning closer to someone who is speaking
  • Often asks you to repeat yourself or does not respond when you call
  • His/her speech or articulation seems different than others their age
  • Complaining of ear pain

If you notice any of these signs in your child, you should consult an audiologist immediately. Like most medical conditions, early detection of hearing loss warrants the best outcome. There are various types of hearing examinations to determine if your toddler or other small child has hearing loss, and all are painless. A hearing exam will reveal if your child is experiencing temporary or permanent hearing loss and the severity.

While hearing loss cannot be reversed, there are various ways to manage it. Common treatments for children with hearing loss include hearing aids, cochlear implants, and speech therapy. If you feel your child may be experiencing hearing loss or would like more information on hearing loss and hearing loss solutions contact New Generation Hearing Centers today.