Hearing and your baby
  • Dec 18, 2012

Hearing and your baby

Only one or two children in every 1,000 have significant permanent hearing loss.

Hearing well is important to your baby's development. If there are any problems in hearing, you need to find them early so that your child can get the help he needs.
If children who are born with a hearing loss receive help by six months of age, they have a good chance of learning to talk and communicate as well as children who hear normally.
[source: WA Government Health Brochure]

Refer who has hearing loss for info on what % of people suffer hearing loss in the general population.

Testing your baby's hearing

Babies can be tested when they are less than one day old.

To help in understanding the audiogram read and watch video on understanding your audiogram

How to check if you baby is hearing

  •   Shortly after birth
    - can be startled by a sudden noise and blink or open his eyes widely
  •   By one month
    - will notice long sounds, like the sound of a vacuum cleaner
  •   By four months
    - your baby quietens or smailes a the sound of a voice
  •   By seven months
    - your baby should turn immediately to your voice across the room
  •   By twelve months
    - your baby should show some response to his own nane and toher fmiliar words

Hearing loss should be considered when babies do not do these things
[source: WA Government Health Brochure]

She can hear if she wants to
A child may work out what has been said from knowing the situation of because she is keen to know. However understanding what has been said will require extra mental effort.
Hence parents sometimes think children are not hearing impaired because they manage to understand in some environments.

Delayed language development

Children who do not hear well-:

  •   may start talking later than other children
  •   use the wrong word
  •   have unclear speach
  •   may miss quick, quite sounds and connecting words (like 'and' and 'the') and leave them out of her own speech
  •   may leave out some sounds, particularly 's'

[source: WA Government Health Brochure]

Issues with Children and Hearing Aids

One issue with hearing aids for children is that their ears grow quickly.
Earmolds for infants may need to be replaced as often as every few weeks, with older children being several times a year.

If you are concerend about your child's hearing look for a specialised children's audiologist.

For a quick view now check our Hearing Aid Prices


Other Articles

05/12/2023 Understanding Body Language In Meetings »
21/11/2023 Slim Hearing Aids »
18/06/2023 Noise and non-hearing health »
12/06/2023 Using Conversation Visual Cues »
03/01/2023 A beginner's guide to Bluetooth »
08/12/2022 The Stigma of Wearing Hearing Aids »
16/08/2022 How to Become a Better Listener »
13/05/2022 Negativity Bias »
22/04/2022 Tinnitus who has it and why? »
14/10/2021 Lost or Damaged Hearing Aids »
20/10/2020 Deep Listening »
08/10/2020 Over-the-Counter hearing aids »
08/09/2020 Hear Better than Anyone in the Room »
12/08/2020 Sound Wavelength and Loudness »
03/03/2020 Localisation - identifying where sound comes from »
10/02/2020 Sudden Deafness »
17/12/2019 Hearing Better in Meetings »
09/12/2019 Can meditation improve hearing? »
18/11/2019 Over 50s »
30/10/2019 Wireless Hearing Aids »
07/10/2019 Cleaning and Maintaining Hearing Aids »
09/04/2019 What is the process for buying a hearing aid? »
06/02/2019 One Hearing Aid or Two? »
31/01/2019 Hearing Aid Cost Breakthrough 2019 »
29/08/2017 Hearing Aid Future is Here »
09/06/2017 ABC Checkout Warns on Hearing Aid Purchases »
13/04/2017 Listening better in a noisy world »
21/02/2017 Hearing augmentation devices - IQBuds »
08/12/2016 Childrens Hearing Linked to Social Disadvantage »
24/10/2016 Hearing with Less Effort »
25/01/2016 Seven Thousand Ways to Listen »
01/10/2015 Hearing Loss and Dementia »
06/03/2015 Myth: Hearing Aids do not work »
03/12/2014 ABC Background Briefing Hearing Aids »
20/11/2014 Buying a hearing aid for your parents »
17/01/2014 Is Bluetooth making costly Hearing Aids redundant? »
13/01/2014 Research Online and Save »
08/10/2013 Phonak Q10 Hearing Aid Review »
13/05/2013 Is anyone listening to you »
12/04/2013 Hearing Aid Repairs »
05/04/2013 Will I benefit from a hearing aid? »
18/03/2013 Compare Hearing Aids »
13/03/2013 Audiologists are now mobile »
08/03/2013 Hearing and your work prospects »
13/12/2012 Occlusion effect when wearing hearing aids »
24/10/2012 Hearing Aid Brands in Australia »
18/10/2012 ReSound Verso »
03/10/2012 Waterproof Hearing Aids »
28/05/2012 Music to your ears »
19/02/2012 Donate hearing aids that are no longer needed »
31/01/2012 An Invisible Hearing Aid »
26/11/2011 Who to see for sudden hearing loss »
03/11/2011 Restore your hearing or use aids »
13/09/2011 Not wearing your hearing aids »
29/08/2011 Audiologists Career Path »
26/08/2011 Bluetooth Hearing Aids »

Hearing Aid Referral

Get the best price and care from our network of professionals

FREE/no obligation

  • Great Care
  • Major Brands

Hearing Aid Brands in Australia

Phonak Hearing Aids
Oticon Hearing Aids
Resound Hearing Aids
Siemens Hearing Aids
Sonic Innovations Hearing Aids
Starkey Hearing Aids
Widex Hearing Aids
Unitron Hearing Aids