Hearing management

Updated 13 February 2015

Is your child hearing you?

If you're concerned about your baby's hearing, here is a checklist of typical behaviour to look out for from birth to 5 years .


If you're concerned about your baby's hearing, the Children's Hospital in Richmond, USA, offers this checklist of typical behaviour:

Birth to 6 months:

  • Startles to loud sounds.
  • Calms and turns to your voice.
  • Wakes up to a sudden noise.

6 to 12 months:

  • Responds to his or her name.
  • Enjoys toys that make noise.
  • Understands no and bye-bye.

12 to 18 months:

  • Enjoys music.
  • Uses at least 10 words.

1.5 to 2 years:

  • Combines words into phrases.
  • Follows simple directions.
  • Recognises names of family members.

3 to 5 years:

  • Enjoys songs and books.
  • Speech can be understood by parents and friends.
  • Can use both ears on the telephone.

If you suspect that your child may not be hearing properly, see an audiologist. Early detection and treatment is vital to your child's health and development

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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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