Our community audiologists provide hearing services for children from birth to 19 years of age.
Early detection is important
Good hearing is essential for speech and language development and plays an important part in a child's social and emotional growth. Recognize hearing loss early, and seek out testing and treatment.
During the first year of life:
- Most newborn babies startle or "jump" to sudden loud noises
- By 3 months, a baby usually recognizes a caregiver's voice.
- By 6 months, a baby can usually turn his or her eyes or head toward a sound.
- By 12 months, a child can usually imitate some sounds and make a few words, such as "Mama" or "bye-bye."
As your baby grows into a toddler (between the ages of one and three), signs of a hearing loss may include:
- No speech, making a very small amount of speech sounds, or speech that most people outside the family do not understand.
- Frequently doesn't notice when being spoken to.
- Difficulty learning. As your child grows beyond the age of five or six, other signs of hearing loss include:
- Wanting to turn the volume up for radio and TV.
- Does not respond when spoken to in your normal tone and volume of voice.
If you have a concern about your child's hearing, referrals can be made by you, or by a health or education professional to your local public health audiology (hearing) clinic.
Our audiologists provide hearing tests for children of all ages. The type of test will depend on the age of your child.
Learn more about hearing tests for children.
Kindergarten Screening Program
Kindergarten children attending public and private schools receive a hearing screening by public health. Any child who requires further testing is referred to our audiology program for a complete hearing evaluation.
If your child requires a hearing aid, our audiologists will conduct a hearing aid evaluation. Visit our Hearing Aid page to learn more.