Hearing management

Updated 13 December 2017

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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Minette Lister graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Pathology (Audiology) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville in 2015. Thereafter, she completed her compulsory year of community service at Phoenix Assessment and Therapy Centre in Durban. In 2017, Minette started working for Thompson and Hoffman Audiology Inc. She is passionate about working with children and adults to diagnose and manage hearing loss using state of the art technology. Minette offers hearing screening programmes for newborn and high-risk babies, as well as school-aged children, in order to decrease the incidence of late or unidentified hearing loss.

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