Always be alert to situations where your child is not responding to sound appropriately, as this may be a signal of hearing loss. Sometimes it is difficult to detect mild forms of hearing loss, including hearing loss in one ear only. It is important to remember that even mild forms of hearing loss can negatively impact a child’s ability to learn through the auditory channel. This means that children with mild hearing loss may have difficulty in school, and exhibit attention, behavioral or social problems in the classroom. If you are concerned about your child’s performance in school, request a comprehensive hearing evaluation.
Common warning signs for hearing loss include:
The single most important sign of hearing loss in the very young child is the failure to develop or delayed development of spoken language. Even if your child passed a hearing screening given in the hospital shortly after birth (newborn hearing screening test) and if you are concerned about your child's communication development, tell your child’s primary care provider immediately.