Hearing Wellness

Could You Have A Hearing Loss?

*Do you often feel that people are mumbling or not speaking clearly?
*Do you often misunderstand what has been said to you?
*Do you find it difficult to follow conversations in a noisy restaurant or crowded room?
*Do you experience ringing noises in your ears?
*Do you hear better with one ear than with the other?
*Have you been exposed regularly to loud noise at work, during recreation or in military service?
*Do you often ask people to speak up or repeat themselves?
*Do people tell you that you play the TV or radio too loudly?
*Do you sometimes fail to hear your doorbell or telephone?
*Do you find it difficult to understand a speaker at a public meeting or religious service?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, you may have some hearing loss. Please see your physician or an audiologist if you suspect that you or a family member may have hearing loss.

Source: http://www.betterhearing.org

Hearing Milestones

Hearing Milestones: A Parent's Checklist

The following are some age-related guidelines to help decide if your child may be having hearing problems. It is important to remember that each child is different and reaches milestones at different ages. Consult your child's physician if you are concerned that your child is not hearing appropriately.  The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association lists the following age-appropriate hearing milestones.



*listens to speech

*startles or cries at noises

*awakens at loud sounds

0-3 months

*turns to you when you speak

*smiles when spoken to

*recognizes your voice and quietens when crying

4-6 months

*responds to "no" and changes in your tone of voice

*looks around for sources of noise (doorbell, vacuum, etc.)

*notices toys that make sound

7 months - 1 yr*

*listens when spoken to

*turns or looks up when his/her name is called

*enjoys games that involve sound, such as "pat-a-cake" or "peek-a-boo"

*responds to simple requests ("come here", "want more?")

*recognizes words for common items ("cup, "shoe", "juice")

1-2 yrs

*listens to simple stories, rhymes, or songs

*follows simple commands and understands simple questions ("roll the ball", "kiss the baby")

*can point to a few body parts when asked

*points to pictures in books when they are named

2-3 yrs

*can follow two requests ("get the ball and put it on the table")

*continues to notice sounds (phone ringing, television, etc.)

*understands difference in meaning (go/stop, big/little, up/down)

3-4 yrs

*can answer simple "who", "what", "where", "why" questions

*can hear radio and TV at the same loudness as others

*can hear you when you call from another room


4-5 yrs

*pays attention to simple stories and can answer questions about it

*people who know your child think he/she hears well

*hears and understands most of what is said at home and in school

This information is provided as a service to our patients. The information is for educational and informational purposes only and should NOT be used as a substitute for the advice of your child's physician.

“Just in Time” Hearing-Related Resources for Families
NCHAM: Newborn Hearing & Infant Hearing- Early Hearing Detection and Intervention(EHDI) Resources and Information


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