How can I tell if my child has hearing problems?

Every child will undergo routine hearing tests during their childhood; this is part of the staple care programme provided by the NHS for young children. Tests usually take place within the first few weeks of a baby being born, at around seven months old and then before the child goes to school; if problems are identified during the initial test, the baby will be sent for further tests. Screening is usually effective in detecting hearing problems but there are also some signs you can look out for that may be associated with hearing problems; these include:

  • Lack of response to noise
  • Delay in speech development
  • Asking for words to be repeated
  • Failing to respond to your calls or sounds on the radio or television

Guide to Hearing and Speech Problems

Hearing and speech

Speech disorders

Causes of hearing problems

Causes of speech problems

How can I tell if my child has hearing problems?

What are the effects of hearing loss on development?

Getting help for hearing problems

Getting help for speech problems

Protecting your hearing

Hearing Test