Spotting the symptoms of hearing loss in children can be difficult. They may not even be aware that there is anything wrong. Here are my top 10 danger signs to look for.
Turning the TV up. Do you notice that your child always wants the volume up higher than the rest of the family or have they recently began to do this?
Saying “what.” Does your child repeatedly say what during conversations?
Says “I didn’t hear you.” Numbers 2 and 3 may seem obvious but many parents simply assume that their child is not paying attention.
Cocks his/her ear. Do you notice if your child cocks his/her ear or cups their ear towards the tv or towards you during a conversation?
Ignoring you. Do you get the impression that your child is ignoring you or not paying attention to you when you are speaking to them?
Hear when they want to hear. Have you ever said to some else that you think your child only hears what they want to hear?
School suffering. Have your child’s grades suddenly dropped or have their teacher’s reports said that they are not paying attention or that they don’t respond in class?
Looks at you intensely. Does your child stare at you very intensely when you are speaking to them? This may be a sign that they are looking for visual clues to what you are saying.
Speaks louder. Do you notice that your child speaks louder than others even in one on one conversations?
Parental instinct. Do you just have that feeling that something doesn’t add up? That something just doesn’t seem right with your child.
You probably think that some of the above symptoms are blindingly obvious. They are!! Yet they are missed all the time. If you notice your child displaying some or all of these symptoms, please get them checked out.
It is critical to identify hearing loss in children at the earliest possible stage. The quicker it is discovered the easier it will be for the child to adopt.
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