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If you think that your child has hearing loss, you might be right. The following checklist will assits determining whether or not your child might have a hearing loss. Please read each item carefully, and check only those factors that apply to you, your family, or your child.

Your Baby's Hearing

Indicators  for Hearing Loss-check each item that applies

During Pregnancy

  • Mother had German measles, a viral infection, or flu

  • Mother drank alcoholic beverages.

My Newborn (birth to 28 days of age)

• Weighed less than 3.5 pounds at birth.

• Has an unsual apperance of the face or ears.

• Was Jaundiced (yellow skin) at the birth and had an exchange blood

  transfusion

• Was in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for more than five days.

  Received an antibiotic medication given through a needle in a vein.

• Had meningitis.

• Failed newborn hearing screening test.

My Family

• Has one or more individuals with permanent or progressive

  hearing loss that was present or developed early in life.

My Infant (29 days to age 2 years)

• Recieved an antibiotic medication given through a needle in a vein.

• Had meningitis.

• Has a neurological disorder

• Had a severe injury with a fracture of the skull with or without

  bleeding from the ear.

• Has recurring ear infections with fluid in ears for more than three

 months.

Response to the environment ( speech and language development)

Newborn (Birth to 6 moths)

• Does not startle, move, cry, or react in any way to unexpected loud

  noises.

• Does not awaken to loud noises.

• Does not freely imitate sound.

• Cannot be soothed by voice alone.

• Does not turn his/her head in the direction of my voice.

Young Infant (6 through 12 months)

• Does not point to familiar persons or objects when asked.

• Does not babble or babbling has stopped.

• By 12 months does not understand simple phrases such as "wave

 by-by", "clap hands" by listening alone.

My Infant (3 Months through 2 years)

• Does not accurately turn in the direction of a soft voice on the first

  call.

• Is not alert to environment sounds.

• Does not respond on first call.

• Does not respond to sounds or does not locate where sound is

  coming from.

• Does not begin to imitate and use simple words for familiar people

  and things around the home.

• Does not sound like or use speech like other children of similar

  age.

• Does not listen to TV at a normal volume.

• Does not show consistent growth in the understanding and

  the use of words.

If you have checked one or more of these indicators, your child might have hearing loss.

If your child has one of more of these indicators, you should take him or her for an ear examination and a hearing test. This can be done at any age, as early as just after birth.

If you did not check any of these factors but you suspect that your child is not hearing normally, even if your child's doctor is not concerned, have your child's hearing tested by an audiologist and when appropriate, his or her speech evaluated by a speech and language pathologist. The test will not hurt your child.

 

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