Keeping an Eye on your Child’s Hearing
Certain behaviours may indicate a hearing problem, for example if a child is unusually withdrawn or conversely noisy and attention-seeking. These two extremes depend upon the personality of the child, but both can be indicative of a degree of hearing loss, which may compromise their ability to interact in a group setting. Hearing loss can sometimes be missed and a child’s behaviour linked more to behavioural and educational conditions such as Speech Delay, Dyslexia, Asperger Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Hearing difficulties may be indicated by:-
- Your child is inconsistently responding to sound
- Language and speech development are delayed
- Speech is unclear
- Sound is turned up on electronic equipment (Radio, TV, CD Player, etc.)
- Your child does not follow directions
- Your child often says “Huh?”
- Your child does not respond when called
- Behavioural problems in early years
If your child shows any of these signs it does not necessarily prove that they have a hearing problem, and even if they have, it is unlikely to be permanent. However, it may be worth following up with a simple assessment, either via the GP surgery, who will organise a referral to the audiology department at the hospital, or you can arrange a private assessment of your child’s hearing at Aston Hearing.