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Hearing Evaluation in Children

How will my doctor diagnose my child?

Children who are born with hearing problems can usually be diagnosed with a hearing screening. All babies should have a hearing screening within 1 month after being born. Many hospitals screen newborn babies for hearing problems. If your newborn baby has not had a hearing screening, talk with your doctor.

Birth to 4 Months of Age

 

 

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Is your baby startled by a sudden loud sound, such as a cough, a shout, a dog bark or a hand-clap?

 

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When sleeping in a quiet room, does your baby move or wake up at the sound of voices or nearby noises?

 

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When your baby is crying or fretful, does he or she seem to calm down, even for a few seconds, when you speak while out of his or her sight, when music starts or when there is a sudden loud noise?

 

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At 3 to 4 months of age, does your baby sometimes turn his or her head or move his or her eyes toward a sound?

 

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Does your baby seem to recognize his or her mother's voice better than other voices?

 

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4 to 8 Months of Age

 

 

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Does your baby turn his or her head and eyes toward a sound when the sound is coming from outside your baby's peripheral (side) vision?

 

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In a quiet setting, does your baby's expression change or do your baby's eyes widen at the sound of a voice or a loud noise?

 

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Does your baby enjoy ringing bells, squeezing noisemakers or shaking a rattle?

 

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By 6 months of age, does your baby seem to talk or babble back to people who are speaking or making noises?

 

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By 6 months of age, does your baby's babbling include 4 different sounds?

 

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8 to 12 Months of Age

 

 

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Does your baby turn directly and quickly toward a soft noisemaker, to the calling of his or her name, or to a shush that is outside his or her peripheral (side) vision?

 

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Does your baby's voice go up and down in pitch when he or she is babbling?

 

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Does your baby make several different consonant sounds (such as m, b, p, g) when he or she is babbling?

 

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Does your baby seem to enjoy music and respond to it by listening, bouncing or singing along?

 

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Does your baby understand the command no?

 

 

 

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

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

Read More About Hearing Problems in Children Diagnosis & Tests

Hearing Evaluation in Children

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