Hearing Problems in Children | Overview

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Why is it important to have my newborn baby screened for hearing problems?

Children learn how to talk by hearing and imitating the sounds of people around them. If your baby has a hearing problem, the use of a hearing device early on and other communication options can help avoid speech delays and problems.

Answer the questions in this article about your child to identify signs of a hearing problem. If you answer "no" to any question, ask your family doctor if your child should be checked for hearing problems.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 07/13
Created: 05/95

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