When a parent suspect that their child isn’t hearing well they are often correct and have valid reasons for such concerns. Affordable Hearing & Tinnitus Relief recommends that parents trust their instincts and take action.
The first step should be to visit a general practitioner to discuss your concerns. If you are not happy with your doctor’s investigation then seek a second opinion or a referral for testing.
Indicators of hearing loss may include:
- Your child speaks particularly loudly or softly
- Your child insists on having the TV or music at a volume that is uncomfortable for other family members
- Your child’s speech may be delayed or slow compared to their peers of a similar age
- Your child does not respond or react to soft noises or noises/speech from behind
- Your child may exhibit some behavioural problems or appears inattentive or restless in class
- Your child may have problems learning at school
For younger children in particular:
- Your infant/toddler may pull at their ears (this may be a sign of ear infection)
- Your infant/toddler exhibits little or no babbling
If your child’s ear canals are clear of wax and there are no middle ear problems but you still suspect a hearing loss, you should have your child’s hearing tested as soon as possible. A doctor’s referral is not required to have your child’s hearing tested.