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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Rene Hornby has been the owner of a private practice in Pretoria since 1999. AuD degree obtained in 2013 at AT Still University Health Science Depart-ment, Arizona. Masters in Communication Pathology at the University of Pretoria, 2003. Remedial Teaching Diploma at Rand University, 1996. Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Pretoria, 1993. Owner of a private practice in Pretoria since 1999. Educating the community regarding early identification of hearing problems and screening of new-borns. Providing assistance and services at retirement homes. Part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria and the University of Limpopo. External examiner at the University of Pretoria and the University of Limpopo. Presenter at conferences and seminars.

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