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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