Can your baby hear?
Good hearing is essential for your baby’s development. The list below is a basic guide for normal hearing development. If you suspect there is a problem, please contact us.
- Startles to loud sounds
- Quiets or smiles when spoken to
- Seems to recognize parents voice
- Moves eyes in direction of sounds or speech
- Notices toys that make sounds
- Turns toward interesting sounds (music)
7 Months-1 Year
- Enjoys games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake
- Speak first words, such as „da-da”, „ma-ma”
- Listens when spoken to
- Recognizes words for common items like “cup”, “shoe”, “book”, or “juice”
- Begins to respond to requests (e.g. “Come here” or “Want more?”)
One to Two Years
- Follows simple commands and understands simple questions (“Roll the ball,” “Kiss the baby,” “Where’s your shoe?”).
- Points to a few body parts when asked.
- Points to pictures in a book when named.
- Listens to simple stories, songs, and rhymes.
- Speak two word phrases
Two to Three Years
- Understands differences in meaning (“go-stop,” “in-on,” “big-little,” “up-down”).
- Follows two requests (“Get the book and put it on the table”).
- Listens to and enjoys hearing stories for longer periods of time
- Speaks simple sentences