Symptoms of hearing loss in children. Top 10

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.

Hearing loss in children
The Danger Signs

Number 1.

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?

Number 2.

Saying “what.” Does your child repeatedly say what during conversations?

Number 3.

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.

Number 4.

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?

Number 5.

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?

Number 6.

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?

Number 7.

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?

Number 8.

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.

Number 9.

Speaks louder. Do you notice that your child speaks louder than others even in one on one conversations?

Number 10.

Parental instinct. Do you just have that feeling that something doesn’t add up? That something just doesn’t seem right with your child.

Hearing loss in children
Get them tested.

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.

As ever, thank you for taking the time to read my post. I would love to hear any feedback or comments you may have. Simply leave them below, in the box and I will get back to you as soon as possible


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17 Replies to “Symptoms of hearing loss in children. Top 10”

    1. Hi Kenny, Thanks for your comments,
      I have deliberately kept the guide simple because the symptoms ARE usually simple to spot once you know what you are looking for. Hearing loss is what I call a hidden disability. People can’t see it and sometimes those who have it (especially children) don’t even know they have it.
      I have been pointed towards a couple of supposedly natural treatments for hearing loss but I am sceptical of their worth. I will be investigating them over the coming weeks and months and posting the results here on the site.
      What I can say with certainty is that the earlier hearing loss is spotted then the better, particularly in children. My own was missed until I was 8 years old and it had a really bad effect on my schooling. It took me a long time to get back on track as I missed out on so much. Early detection = Better quality of living.

  1. I don’t have a kid yet but I’ll be sure to keep these tips in mind whenever I meet the kids of my friends. One of my friends is also a kindergarten teacher so I’ll share your article with her definitely! Thank you for the post, this has been very helpful and educational! 🙂

  2. This is a great list. Sometimes a child isn’t doing well in class, and the teacher thinks they are ingnoring them and/or their lessons. However, a problem with hearing ability should definitely be looked into, and the verdict should not immediately be that the child is misbehaving, or even worse, has mental issues.

    1. Hi Ben,
      Thanks for the comments. Really appreciate you taking the time. You are correct, we are too quick to jump in with children and just think they are being disruptive or not paying attention.
      It happened to me and I know the damage it did to my early learning experience. That experience set my attitude to school for the rest of my days. I don’t want it to happen to any other child but unfortunately it still does. The earlier the detection the less disruption.

  3. I have two little one, my daughter and grand daughter. Their hearing was good when they were born. My little grand daughter just ended up having to get tubes in her ears, but her hearing seems to be fine. After reading your information I will pay closer attention to their hearing as they grow to make sure they don’t develop any problems later in life. Thanks for your wonderful information!

    Billie Jean

    1. Hi Billy Jean,
      Thanks for the comments. It’s great that the little one has been caught early and had the grommets fitted in her ears. They allow fluid to drain from her ears, which if not sorted now could have caused damage to the sensory cells and led to hearing loss. This is what happened to myself when I was young.
      I would just advise to keep a close eye on her as she grows for the symptoms in the post and be sure to get her checked regularly.

  4. Very useful tips. I recognize myself in some of these cases, but it is definitely the last one that usually happens. You, as a parent, notice when something is wrong but maybe sometimes you just let it go away and then is to late.

    1. Hi Jenny,
      Thanks for getting in touch. You are correct the last one is the key one. Always go with your gut feeling. Better safe than sorry.

  5. The simple things, being the utmost importance once again. I’ve a little sister who’s six, super tall for age and grows pretty fast, so I’m already hyper aware of her physical health. Our parents? Even more so. I’ll have to keep these bulletpoints in mind and keep my eyes peeled. Her ears seems to work well enough, for now, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to stay alert.

    1. Hi Dawn,
      Thanks for the comment.
      It is so simple to just dismiss things with children especially. I always say a healthy dose of paranoia when it comes to our childrens health is a good thing.

  6. These tips were great. I’m a mom of two and last spring my 3 year old had several of these symptoms… enough that my husband and I debated and debated (was it just carelessness or selective hearing?) and finally decided we needed to get her checked out. I wish I’d seen your list at that time though, as it’s simple and concise and it would have made us decide much faster that something WAS wrong.
    Thankfully it turned out it was just a cold that was plugging her up. Within 3-4 weeks it had drained and she could hear again. Phew!
    Good post. Thanks!

    1. Hi Marlaine,
      Thanks for getting in touch. The common cold can bring on some of the symptoms in the post. This is one of the reasons that people delay in seeking help, they often think they are to fussy. I am glad that your little one is fine but better to be safe than sorry.

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