Posted by: icmadoptionnetwork | May 28, 2013

Spotting Signs of Hearing Problems

Hearing issues can be a difficult struggle for both children and parents alike. Sometimes it is hard to discern if your child is genuinely having difficulty hearing or if they are just ignoring (because children never do that, right?!).  Today I wanted to share some signs of hearing problems, as shared by the Child Development Institute. These signs are primarily geared towards toddlers, as that is typically the age in which parents begin to notice abnormalities in their child’s hearing abilities.

  • 12-18 Months Old. A child in this age range will begin to respond to simple commands such as “no” or “come here.” The child will also respond to music at this age. A child in this age range will respond to sounds by turning of the head or looking towards the sound. A child in this age range is also beginning to be able to identify parts of his/her body, such as nose or belly.
  • 18-24 Months Old. A child in this age range should respond verbally when asked a question. A child in this age range should also respond when books are being read to him/her. Hearing and speech are inter-related, so observe your child’s vocabulary as well during this age range. A child in this age range should be able to identify simple objects such as “mommy” or “puppy.”
  • 24-36 Months Old. A child in this age range who is experiencing hearing difficulties might lack the ability to make multi-word sentences. He/she might also lack interest in hearing stories. The child might also have difficulty with responding to simple questions or directions.

These are just some of the warning signs. Many adopted children are learning a new language as well, and might be developmentally delayed in these areas. So not every one of these warning signs means that your child has a hearing problem. But if you notice multiple issues, then I would suggest you have your child’s hearing assessed. If you desire to gain a full assessment of your child’s hearing ability, you can talk with your pediatrician or contact the International Adoption Center at Comer Children’s Hospital.

For more great resources and information, please visit the wonderful website of the Child Development Institute at


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