3 Common Signs Of Hearing Loss In Babies

As a parent, you will want your child to live a healthy and happy life. While you may provide them with a safe and happy home, healthy diet, and good education, certain issues may arise that affect their well-being. Hearing loss is a common birth defect, affecting nearly 3 in every 1,000 babies born in the United States. Even though it is a common problem, most parents are not familiar with pediatric hearing troubles. In addition, knowing your newborn has hearing difficulties is challenging, since babies and young children are not able to communicate these struggles vocally. With this guide, you will learn a few common signs of hearing loss in newborn babies.

No Startling

Infants that are able to hear will respond to noise, especially loud sounds or sounds made closely to where they rest. You may notice them move their legs and arms and open their eyes wide when they hear a noise. This is known as startling. It will happen the most while your baby is sleeping.

If your baby does not startle at noise whether they are awake or sleeping, they may have some form of hearing loss.

Not Soothed By Voice/Music

One of the most effective ways to soothe a crying, fussy baby is to make the "sssshhhhh" sound while holding and rocking them. This sound imitates the sound your baby heard when they were in the wound. It is very calming and relaxing to babies.

Unfortunately, the soothing sound will not relax a baby with a hearing issue. Light music is also helping for soothing babies who are able to hear. If your voice or the music are both ineffective, hearing loss is likely.

Of course, babies with hearing loss will not hear any sounds, so you should consult your pediatrician and an audiologist for further testing.

No Babbling/Cooing

Babies do not talk, but they will start communicating using their mouth and vocal cords. Before your baby turns a year old, you should start hearing them coo and babble.

If your baby is not making any noise as they grow and develop, it may be because they are not able to hear their own voice. This is a good sign of a audiology impairment and something you need to address soon.

Babies with unaddressed, untreated hearing issues will struggle communicating, which can affect their education.

Your baby can live with hearing loss, but understanding is essential to help improve their quality of life. With this guide, you will understand the common signs of hearing loss in babies.