Hearing management

17 December 2008

Can your child hear you?

Some health problems in infants can be tricky to spot. Deafness is one of them.


Some health problems in infants can be tricky to spot. Deafness is one of them.

Here are some signs to look for, courtesy of the Calgary Health Region Education Services in Canada:

  • a loud sound doesn't wake the baby
  • a new sound doesn't stop the baby from crying
  • the baby doesn't turn toward you or make eye contact when you speak to him
  • he doesn't make cooing sounds after 3 months
  • he doesn't babble and make sounds like "baba" after 9 months.

If you notice any of these signs or are unsure if your baby has a hearing problem, contact your paediatrician. Deafness can affect development of speech and language skills and impair social and emotional growth.

- (HealthDayNews, updated December 2008)

Do you have a hearing-impaired child? Then you're invited to join the support group of the Carel du Toit Centre in the Western Cape. Meetings take place on Tuesday mornings at 09:00. For more information, call (021) 938 6565.


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Francis Slabber is a Speech & Language Therapist and Audiologist who has owned and run The Hearing Clinic in Wynberg, Cape Town for the last 17 years. Francis and her team have extensive experience in fitting and supplying hearing aids as well as assistive living devices. Francis has served as the Western Cape Chairperson for the South African Association of Audiologists for three years and has given many talks on the topic of hearing loss and amplification. The Hearing Clinic has a special interest in adult and geriatric hearing impairment, hearing aid fittings and hearing rehabilitation.

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