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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Dr Kara Hoffman graduated from UCT in 2004, thereafter she completed her year of community service in Durban. In 2010 she completed her Masters Degree in Paediatric Aural Rehabilitation from UKZN. In 2016, she became a Doctor of Audiology through the University of Arizona (ATSU). Dr Hoffman and her partner Lauren Thompson opened a fully diagnostic audiology practice called Thompson & Hoffman Audiology Inc. In 2011 with world-class technology and equipment to be able to offer the broad public all hearing-related services including hearing testing for adults and babies, vestibular (balance) assessments and rehabilitation, industrial audiology, hearing devices, central auditory processing assessments for school-aged children, school screening, neonatal hearing screening programmes at Alberlito and Parklands Hospital, cochlear implants and other implantable devices, medicolegal assessments and advanced electroacoustic assessments of hearing. Thompson and Hoffman Audiology Inc. are based at Alberlito Hospital in Ballito, St Augustines Hospital in Durban and at 345 Essenwood Road, Musgrave. The practices are all wheelchair friendly. There are three audiologists that practice from Thompson & Hoffman – including Dr Kara Hoffman, Lauren Thompson & Minette Lister. The practice boasts professional, highly qualified, and extensive diagnostic services where all your hearing healthcare needs can be met. The additional licensing in vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, paediatric rehabilitation and cochlear implantation places this practice in one of the top specialist audiological positions in South Africa, with a wealth of experience in all clinical areas of audiology and is a very well respected and sought-after practice.

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