Never Take Your Child's Hearing For Granted
by Kathy Peck
Never take your child's hearing for granted. Be sure to watch for signs
of difficulty during the first two critical years. Never assume that your
child's hearing will be tested in the hospital or in school. Make it a
point to find out if your child has been tested or, ask to be referred
to an audiologists, or an ear doctor for a full examination. Always take
your child's earaches seriously. Survey's show that seven out of ten youngsters
develop acute otitis media at least once before 3 years of age. Remember
that you are the best detector of your child's ability to hear, learn,
and use language. Be quick to obtain professional assistance if progress
seems delayed. Hearing and speech are important skills your child needs
in order that they may develop to their fullest potential. Be sure they
are the very best they can be from early on.
Normal Speech Development Time Line.
Birth to six month
Baby responds to your voice or sounds and turns eyes and head toward their
Six to ten months
Baby responds to their name and common words such as no and bye-bye seem
to be understood.
Ten to fifteen months
Child can imitate simple words and can point to or look at familiar people
or objects when asked.
Fifteen to eighteen months
Simple spoken directions are understood and the child speaks their first
By the age of two
Child uses ten or more single words, vocabulary grows into phrases
and simple sentences by the age of three.
Hearing loss can also occur latter on. Hear are some important warning
signs that your child may be having hearing problems.
Child seems withdrawn or inattentive.
Child watches your face when talking to you, asks for words to be
repeated, or replies to questions with unrelated answers.
Child requests TV or radio to be turned up louder thatn other family