While hearing disabilities are generally rare, they do affect up to four babies out of every 1,000 in the United States. Although common tests ran when your baby is born can pick up some issues, certain children are not diagnosed with hearing disabilities until they are older. Signs and symptoms of hearing loss in older children can be more difficult to pick up on than those found in infants and toddlers. However, there are some things that you can watch for in your child.
In younger children, speech delays can be a major sign of hearing troubles. By five years old, children should be able to say approximately 2,000 words and express themselves well while being understandable to most people.
Your child may also have a hearing disability if he requires that the television or radio be turned up very high just to hear it well. He may also sit close to the television.
Your child may not respond when you call him, not respond if you are not within his view, and not react to very loud or surprising noises.
You may find that your child seems to favor one ear over the other, constantly turning his head to one particular side to hear better in school or at home. He may also use only one ear while on the telephone.
In school, your child may have difficulty paying attention during teaching times. This can result in a myriad of behavioral and social problems that may mistakenly be blamed on a different problem.
Sometimes, parents feel that something is wrong with their child, but they just are not sure what it could be. If that describes you, you should feel no guilt in scheduling a doctor’s appointment for your child. You will either be able to gain peace of mind from this appointment or will be given instructions for what you can do to help your child.