As a vital human sense, hearing plays a significant role in the way we interact with the world around us, particularly when we’re growing.
Hearing is vital to your child’s development as it will shape the way they learn, focus, and communicate with others. If your child is having difficulties with their hearing, they will feel locked out from the world which will stunt their personal progress.
If you have concerns about your child’s hearing abilities but you’re unsure whether to take action, here are three definitive signs that your child might need a hearing test.
1) Saying “What?” More Frequently
One of the most prominent signs of hearing loss or difficulties is asking people to repeat themselves frequently.
If your child is asking “what?” more often than usual when you are talking to them (or they’re requesting that you repeat your sentence or instructions a lot), it may not just be a case of ‘selective listening’—it could be because of hearing difficulties.
Has this become a familiar behaviour? It might be time to book your child a hearing test.
2) Attention & focus-based issues
If your child has problems focusing their attention for extended periods of time or they find it difficult to hold a conversation on a specific subject, they could be finding it difficult to process sounds.
Naturally, younger children will zone out or bounce from one thing to the next, but if you feel that a lack of attention is getting in the way of your child’s development, booking a hearing test might be the first step in helping them.
3) Louder speech & louder volume
Has your child started talking at louder volumes than usual? And, do they play music or watch television at a higher volume than usual?
If you’ve answered yes, this may be a sign of hearing challenges—and it will require immediate attention. While your child might be experimenting with speech and sound, if they are experiencing audio-based issues, a hearing test will help you get to the root of the cause.
For your reference, here are other possible signs of child hearing issues:
- Responding to you sometimes and not others.
- Falling behind in certain areas of education.
- Looking at your face intensely when you’re speaking.
- Moving one ear forward or leaning in when they are listening to someone speak.
There are several reasons for hearing loss and many subtle signs that your child may need a hearing test. If you have any concerns at all, booking a hearing test is without a doubt, the best course of action.
As a leading hearing specialist in Perth with Subiaco, Duncraig, Geraldton & Karratha, we’ve helped countless people tackle a range of hearing issues. Our specialist staff and cutting-edge equipment and highly-trained audiologists will guide your child through every step of the journey.
We are official members of professional bodies, Audiological Society of Australia, Australian College of Audiology and Independent Audiology Australia—and with over 30 years of professional experience, you can count on us.