|How Well Does Your Child Hear?|
Speech and hearing are inextricably linked, and according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, there is increasing evidence that during infancy, there are many “critical periods” for speech and language development.
Pay close attention to your child’s ability to hear, and closely monitor ear infections, especially if they occur frequently.
Watch for the following hearing milestones. If your child doesn’t display one or more of these characteristics, consult your physician. Your child may need a hearing screening.
0 to 3 months
- listens to speech
- startles or awakens at noise
- ceases activity at a new sound
4 to 6 months
- looks at you when spoken to
- recognizes parents’ voices
- stops to listen to unfamiliar voices
7 months to 1 year
- responds to changes in tone of voice
- looks for sources of sounds
- notices toys that make noise
- pays attention to music
- enjoys simple games
- looks when name is called
- listens when spoken to
- recognizes words for common terms
- responds to requests