Hearing loss may be present at birth or may develop at any point in a child’s life. It may be temporary or permanent. Hearing loss may be present in one or both ears and may range from mild to profound.
What are the signs and symptoms of hearing loss in children?
- A newborn baby does not pass the hearing screening in the hospital
- A newborn baby does not startle to a loud noise
- An infant does not react to speech or environmental sounds
- A child experiences delays in the understanding of spoken language
- A toddler is not using single words by about 15 months, or two-word sentences by age 2
- A young child’s speech is unusually difficult to understand