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Symtoms of Hearing Loss

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Children learn speech and language from listening to other people talk. The first few years are particularly critical for this development.

Minor hearing difficulties can become big trouble to children if they are not caught and treated early on. Parents or caregivers, please keep your ears and eyes open for signs of a possible problem :

These include:

  • failing to respond when called
  • responding inappropriately to questions
  • experiencing speech problems or delayed speech and language
  • watching others to imitate what they are doing
  • using excessively high volume with TV or radio
  • having difficulty in school

Below is a table showing a child’s normal developmental stage of hearing. If you suspect your child is not hearing normally, you need to take your child to see a specialist for further checks.

Birth – 3 months
  • jumps or blink to loud sound
  • coo or smile when you talk
4 – 6 months
  • turns towards voices or sounds
  • seem to like a musical toy
7 – 12 months
  • listen when people talk
  • understand things like “no”, “bye bye”
  • like copying sounds
1 – 2 years
  • understand and follow simple instructions
  • listen to simple story and songs
3 – 4 years
  • use appropriate volume with TV or radio
  • find you when you call from another room
4 – 5 years
  • understand most of what you and teachers say
  • like books, story-time and able to answer questions after being read to

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