Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Recognizing Hearing Loss In Your Child Response to loud noises & Soft sounds

Recognizing Hearing Loss In Your Child

Recognizing Hearing Loss In Your Child
Recognizing Hearing Loss in Your Child

The sense of hearing is fundamental to the normal growth and learning development of your child. Hearing helps the child to interact with those around him/her and directly affects speech development. Any loss of hearing, whether partial or total, will affect this process and contribute to developmental delays. Since there are about 2 to 3 babies out of every 1000 births that suffer from some form of hearing loss, here are some early warning signs that should not be ignored.

Response to loud noises

Your child’s response to loud noises is a classic sign at any age that can help to determine difficulty hearing, especially if that loud noise occurs in a previously quiet setting. Even a newborn should respond to loud noises by making a startled movement. This movement is known as the startle or moro reflex, and it can be identified specifically because the baby will cry and extend the arms, legs and fingers, arch the back and then retract the arms and legs.

As the moro reflexes decrease at around age four months, your infant will show other responses to loud noises such as crying or changing facial expressions. The response could also be a body jerk, which is an involuntary response to being surprised. Lack of any of these responses is cause for concern about your child’s ability to hear well.

Response to soft sounds

Your baby’s response to soft sounds is just as important as responses to loud noises. A newborn should be soothed by soft sounds, especially by the crooning sounds (soft humming or singing) from the mother and other familiar voices. As your baby gets to four months and older, he/she should be trying to locate the source of softer sounds that is outside the range of vision. By 9 to 12 months your baby should be able to accurately locate the direction of most sounds and turn towards them.

Your baby should also be showing signs of enjoyment at sounds such as shaking rattles, ringing bells or noisemakers. Responses to music should also increase in complexity by the time your baby is close to a year old where he/she will listen, sing along or dance in time to the beat. Limited responses to these could indicate a hearing impairment.

While babies develop at different rates and their developmental milestones occur within a range, be mindful of the signs, as early detection of hearing impairment is crucial to early intervention and possible prevention of cognitive developmental delays in your child.

You may want to contact a clinic such as The Hearing Clinic to set up a hearing test for your child.

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