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Common Signs Of Hearing Loss In Children

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Hearing loss in children can have a significant impact on their overall development and quality of life. As a parent or caregiver, it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of hearing loss in children. Here’s what you need to know. 

What to keep an eye on 

One of the most noticeable indicators of hearing loss in children is a decrease in their responsiveness to voices and sounds. If you notice that your child isn’t reacting to familiar voices or sounds, it could be a sign of hearing loss. Here are a handful of other symptoms to look out for: 

  • Your child cannot identify where sounds are coming from. This difficulty in sound localization can be attributed to hearing loss. Children must be able to determine the direction of sounds, as this skill is vital for their safety and situational awareness. 
  • Your child expresses difficulty understanding what others are saying. If your child often asks “What?” or has difficulty following conversations, it may be a sign of hearing loss. This not only affects their ability to learn from teachers, peers and family members but can also lead to feelings of frustration and isolation. 
  • Your child always wants to turn up the volume when watching TV. Constantly increasing the volume when watching television is a common sign of hearing loss. If left unaddressed, it may contribute to a decline in their hearing abilities over time. 
  • Your child feels exhausted at the end of the school day. Hearing loss often requires more effort to process and understand auditory information. This increased cognitive load can leave your child feeling mentally fatigued after a day at school. 
  • Your child has delayed speech and language development. Children with hearing loss might struggle to develop their speech and language skills at the same rate as their peers. This could lead to delayed speech and language development, which could impact their social and academic success in the future. 


If you suspect your child may have hearing loss, whether in one ear or both, consult with an audiologist. They can conduct a pediatric hearing test and provide recommendations for appropriate interventions, which may include children’s hearing aids, FM systems, speech therapy or educational accommodations. 


Pediatric hearing care in Alberta 

At Soundwave Hearing Care, we’re dedicated to ensuring your child has optimal hearing development. From auditory assessments to custom hearing aids, we help children have a brighter, more connected future. Contact us today and take the first step toward providing your child with the best possible hearing care. 

All the blogs are reviewed and edited by our clinic's lead audiologist, Dr. Anne Wooliams. Dr. Woolliams is an experienced audiologist specialized in pediatric audiology, auditory processing, and tinnitus/sound sensitivity therapy. She is dedicated to providing top-notch hearing care and helping her clients improve their language and communication abilities. Dr. Woolliams' expertise in literature and linguistics, combined with her passion for helping people improve their language and communication, make her an incredibly valuable asset in the field of audiology. Learn more about Dr. Woolliams.