As your baby grows into their toddler years, you should notice changes that show they are maturing at a normal pace. They should be able to follow basic commands, say small sentences, and respond to their name. Their hearing should be growing as well, allowing them to discover new sounds and explore new ways to communicate. If you have concerns about your child's hearing as your toddler gets older, then you should mention your concerns to their pediatrician so they can be referred for an evaluation. Here are three signs you should get your toddler's hearing checked out.
They inflect improperly
It's not uncommon for toddlers to shout sometimes to get their voices heard or to use a louder voice than necessary indoors, but if you notice your child doing this constantly or inflecting their words strangely, their hearing may be to blame. This is especially concerning if your toddler has been able to whisper or talk softly in the past but is no longer doing so. Their words may sound largely correct, but the shouting can be due to their inability to hear as well as they should.
They've had lots of ear infections
When babies and toddlers have frequent ear infections, the eardrum can be damaged due to scar tissue buildup from bursting. It can also repair itself while still having small holes in the drum, which can impair hearing. Your child's pediatrician may recommend getting a hearing evaluation done if your toddler has had a large or recurring ear infection or has continued getting ear infections after having tubes (surgical implants to prevent ear infections) removed.
They've regressed in speaking
Toddlers are repeaters, and much of what they say is simply what they hear. If your toddler simply stops using words they have learned already, starts saying them incorrectly or with a slur, or begins to associate sounds with inappropriate animals or things (such as 'mooing' for a cat), then their hearing may be to blame. Other issues, such as speech delays or behavioral growth problems, may also be at fault, but starting with a hearing test is a great way to rule out just why your child may be regressing.
The sooner hearing issues can be diagnosed in your toddler, the greater the chances of repairing issues before they are more permanent. Talk to your child's pediatrician if you have any concerns about your toddler's health or well-being.
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