- Age 0-1 year. Infants should respond to loud, familiar, or surprising sounds (e.g. music, bangs or thuds, dog barking, their name, whistling, etc.) through actions like movement, eye contact, and speech.
- Age 1-2 years. During this year, children gain an understanding of the names of familiar objects as well as basic commands. By 24 months, children can typically understand and perform commands with two parts (e.g. touch your ear and wiggle your toes).
- Age 2-3 years. During this year, children develop the skill to differentiate between words like �over� and �under.� They also can follow more complicated commands and identify some numbers and colors. Unresponsiveness is common for this age; however, children with normal hearing should still react to loud sounds and give some response when their name is spoken.
- Age 3-4 years. At this age, children recognize and respond when their name is called from another room and display a solid understanding of basic language. Your child should also be able to hear TV, movies, games, and music at the same volume as adults with normal hearing.
If your child is behind on any of these language development benchmarks, it�s imperative to check for hearing impairment right away. Untreated hearing loss can result in major developmental, behavioral, and communication setbacks for young children.
Our pediatric audiologists will take the time to understand your concerns, assess your child�s hearing and develop the best treatment plan for your child�s needs.