Hearing and Speech When to Get Help
Hearing and Speech When to Get Help

Red Flags Regarding A Child's Hearing

  • No response to sound at any age

  • Infant does not move or jump when a loud sound is made

  • No babbling by the time the infant is nine months of age

  • No words spoken by the age of 18 months

  • Does not follow simple commands by two years of age

  • Stuttering continues past 3½ years old

  • Poor voice quality at any age

  • Recurrent ear infections as they can cause a decrease in hearing

  • Failed  newborn hearing screening in one or both ears

While every child develops at different rates, there are speech, language and hearing milestones that children should reach by a certain age.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has checklists for age-appropriate milestones. When reviewing them, keep in mind that every child is different. Children usually do not master all items in a category until they reach the upper age in each age range.

Just because a child has not mastered one skill from an age range does not mean he/she has a problem. If a child has not mastered many of the items in an age range, then the help of an audiologist and speech-language pathologist may be needed.

To view the checklists, please visit www.asha.org/public/speech/development/chart.htm.

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