Better Hearing and Speech Month: Can your child hear you?
Children born in North Carolina are screened for hearing loss before they go home from the hospital. This is an important step in identifying children with hearing loss, but it is only the first step.Posted — Updated
Children born in North Carolina are screened for hearing loss before they go home from the hospital. This is an important step in identifying children with hearing loss, but it is only the first step. About three children out of every 1,000 newborns have hearing loss. An equal number will acquire hearing loss prior to starting school. Every parent needs to be aware of their child's development and the signs that hearing loss may have become an issue for their child. Whenever there are concerns about a child's speech, hearing needs to be checked. Your child's doctor can refer you to a pediatric audiologist or speech therapist to help.
Each child develops at an individual rate, but there are certain skills that most children will have mastered by the time they reach a certain age. These are sometimes referred to as milestones. Being aware of the hearing and speech milestones helps a parent recognize that their child may need some help in this area of development.
Quiets or smiles when spoken to
Vocalizes excitement and displeasure
Enjoys games like peek-a-boo
Puts two words together (more juice)
Often asks for objects by naming them
People outside family usually understand child's speech
Communicates easily with other children and adults
No one knows your child better than you. If you ever have any concerns about your child's hearing, speech or language development, talk to your medical provider.