Recognizing the signs of a hearing problem in young children can be difficult. In some cases, it is not even diagnosed until the child is around 10 years old. Of course, you can choose to go to a doctor at regular intervals to test your child’s hearing and possibly begin treatment. Alternatively, you could work on the process yourself as your child ages.
When your child is in the toddler stage, observe him and see if he is startled by sudden noises, or if he turns in the direction of an unusual sound. When you are in another room and your child cries, is he calmed by just the sound of your voice? As your child gets older, look to see if he tries to find the source of a sound he hears. Does he enjoy the sound of ringing bells and rattles? These are important questions to ask.
By the time your child is one year old, he should be able to be soothed by music and even start making sounds that have some sort of rhythm. By making these observations, you’ll be able to decide if your child needs to see a doctor for possible hearing impairment. That doctor can then make a diagnosis and recommend a course of treatment as well as the right hearing aids.
Recognizing that your child actually does have a hearing problem will require observation. Identifying the problem as early as possible will allow for early intervention. Dealing with hearing loss can be traumatic for both parents and children, and the parents can reduce anxiety for them and the child by taking the necessary action.