Does My Child Need a Hearing Test?

Do you feel your child has difficulty hearing?  Hearing plays a critical role in a child’s development, especially for speech and language.  Hearing loss in children can occur due to a variety of reasons.  Hearing loss can be hereditary, it can be due to persistent ear infections, or the result of certain illnesses.  Sometimes the cause is unknown.  The most important part of hearing loss in children is early diagnosis and intervention!  If your child does not pass a hearing screening, it is important to schedule a diagnostic hearing test as soon as possible.  We have provided a few signs your child may need a hearing test.   

Below are some signs your baby may need a hearing test: 

  1. They are not startling or responding to loud, unexpected noises 
  2. They do not turn to the direction of your voice 
  3. They are not babbling at appropriate ages 

Below are some signs your toddler may need a hearing test: 

  1. They do not respond to their name or locate where sound is coming from 
  2. They are not showing appropriate language growth like their peers 
  3. They are turning up the volume of television louder than normal 

Below are some signs your school age child may need a hearing test: 

  1. Trouble understanding others, especially in a noisy environment or from a distance 
  2. Turning TV or music up louder than normal 
  3. Struggling to hear the teacher and falling behind in school 
  4. Struggling to follow directions or asking people to repeat 

At Gardner Audiology, we can test school age children and older.  We can also direct you to clinics capable of testing younger children.  For more information, contact Gardner Audiology at 800-277-1182 or info@gardneraudiology.com 

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