Your newborn child may have some degree of hearing loss if he or she:
- does not startle, move, cry or react in any way to unexpected loud noises
- does not awaken to loud noises
- does not turn his/her head in the direction of your voice
- does not freely imitate sound
Hearing loss can also occur later in childhood after a newborn leaves the hospital. In these cases, parents, grandparents, and other caregivers are often the first to notice that something may be wrong with a young child’s hearing.
Even if your child’s hearing was tested as a newborn, you should continue to watch for signs of hearing loss including:
- not reacting in any way to unexpected loud noises
- not being awakened by loud noises
- not turning his/her head in the direction of your voice
- not being able to follow or understand directions
- poor language development
- speaking loudly or not using age-appropriate language skills
If your child exhibits any of these signs, report them to your doctor.