Please look out for signs of any problems and seek advice from us if you have any concerns. For babies, the checklist in your baby’s personal child health record (red book) can be used to help you check your child’s hearing as they grow up. In older children, signs of a possible hearing problem can include:
- Inattentiveness or poor concentration
- Not responding when their name is called
- Talking loudly and listening to the television at a high volume
- Difficulty pinpointing where a sound is coming from
- Mispronouncing words
- A change in their progress at school
information about the different types of hearing tests for children can be found on the NHS website.
The National Children’s Deaf Society website has lots of useful information. It also runs a helpline which is open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 12.30pm. The number to call them on is 0808 800 8880.
The website of the British Academy of Audiology has links to organisations which offer support to children with hearing problems and their families and carers.