If you have any doubt about your child’s hearing, it is very important to have it tested as soon as possible. This will help avoid any delays in his or her language acquisition and learning.
Hearing loss in children
Your child has never had any problems at school. Last year, he was in the top of his class. This year, after a few months, you realize that your child now has learning difficulties.
What’s going on?
It may have a hearing problem or central auditory processing disorder, be careful! “The problems of hearing a child often remain undetected because many people think that their academic problems are the result of a lack of concentration or attention. “*
If your child has a hearing loss since birth, he is not able to tell you he does not hear well, having never heard otherwise. It is therefore important for you parents or grandparents to lend an attentive ear to his behavior. The child and avoid many difficulties learning if his hearing problems are detected quickly.
As for the eyes and teeth, it is also important to monitor the development of your child aurally. It is perhaps less natural to do, yet its development is likely to be greatly affected if his ears are not functioning normally.
Here are some clues that can help you identify if your child has a hearing loss:
Possible a preschool child with hearing problems (between 0 and 5 years) behavior:
- There are no jumps or does not respond to a loud sound;
- He did not babble (less than one year);
- It is not directed his gaze toward sounds (between 3 and 6 months);
- It has a language delay (expected to start his first words to 12 months).
Possible a school-age child with hearing problems (between 5 and 12 years) behavior:
- The child watches television at high volume;
- The child does not respond to the call of his name;
- The child has language difficulties;
- The child has learning difficulties.
For example, if your child has been sitting at the front of the class and now he is at the back, it can cause him problems understanding.
In addition, if the teacher has a mustache, your child can not read lips even if he does not realize he has always done. Finally, your child will have difficulty understanding the secrets that he tell his friends, etc..
If your child has some of these symptoms,
it is recommended to see an audiologist to assess hearing.