Hearing management

Posted by: Judes | 2012/10/24


Loud Noises

Hi Doc,

Is it normal for a 2 year old to be afraid of loud noises eg the sound of motorbikes revving or scramblers? My son always gets scared when he is playing outside and the ride past.


Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert

Hi Judes!

There could be varying reasons with regard to your son's fear of loud noises. In adults and older children there is a phobia that describes/labels this fear. For young children it could be something that they eventually overcome. It would be a good idea to continue to annually monitor your son's hearing by visiting an Audiologist. A consultation with a child psychologist may also be warranted if this fear persists.

kind regards....

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2013/07/30

Have his heart/valves checked, my son had the same problem due to a narrow heart valve.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2013/07/29

My son had/s the same problem, he's now 6yo. We discovered only in Grade R, through a very observant teacher, that he has a sensory processing disorder. The spectrum is huge though, don't be alarmed but it has explained why he hates sudden, loud noises and being suddenly pulled or yanked. For years we thought it was just 'his personality' but having read up on it, has made us more aware and understanding. Look for a book called 'The Out Of Sync Child' - really worth it.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2013/07/29

I had the same problem with my son. It takes about 2 years for a child's eardrums to form properly. So from about 2 they're hearing much better than before so loud sounds can be quite scary. I agree with the other post - a visit to the Audiologist might help to cast light on this.

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