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Age appropriate hearing milestones by dr daniel samadi

Age-Appropriate Hearing Milestones


Dr. Daniel Samadi

Hearing, Speech, & Language Anatomy

Age-Appropriate Hearing Milestones

Hearing problems may be suspected in children who are not responding to sounds or who are not developing their language skills appropriately.

The following slides are some age-related guidelines that may help you to decide if your child is having hearing problems, as listed by The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and other experts.

It is important to remember that not every child is the same, and children reach milestones at different ages. Call your child’s physician if you are suspicious that your child is not hearing appropriately.

Age-Appropriate Hearing Milestones:

Birth to three months

  • Reacts to loud sounds with startle reflex

  • Is soothed and quieted by soft sounds

  • Turns head to you when you speak

  • Is awakened by loud voices and sounds

  • Smiles in response to voices when spoken to

  • Seems to know your voice and quiets down if crying

Age-Appropriate Hearing Milestones:

Three to six months

  • Looks or turns toward a new sound

  • Responds to “no” and changes in tone of voice

  • Imitates his/her own voice

  • Enjoys rattles and other toys that make sounds

  • Begins to repeat sounds (such as ooh, aah, and ba-ba)

  • Becomes scared by a loud voice or noise

Age-Appropriate Hearing Milestones:

Six to 10 months

  • Responds to his/her own name, telephone ringing, someone’s voice, even when not loud

  • Knows words for common things (cup, shoe) and sayings (“bye-bye”)

  • Makes babbling sounds, even when alone

  • Starts to respond to requests such as “come here”

  • Looks at things or pictures when someone talks about them

Age-Appropriate Hearing Milestones:

10 to 15 months

  • Plays with own voice, enjoying the sound and feel of it

  • Points toward or looks at familiar objects or people when asked to do so

  • Imitates simple words and sounds; may use a few single words meaningfully

  • Enjoys games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake

  • Follows one-step commands when shown by a gesture

Age-Appropriate Hearing Milestones:

15to 18months

  • Follows simple directions, such as “give me the ball” without being shown

  • Uses words he/she has learned often

  • Uses two-to-three-word sentences to talk about and ask for things

  • Knows 10 to 20 words

  • Points to some body parts when asked

Age-Appropriate Hearing Milestones:

18to 24months

  • Understands simple “yes-no” questions (Are you hungry?)

  • Understands simple phrases (“in the cup,” “on the table”)

  • Enjoys being read to

  • Points to pictures when asked

Age-Appropriate Hearing Milestones:

24to 36months

  • Understands “not now” and “no more”

  • Chooses things by size (big, little)

  • Follows two-step commands, such as “get your shoes and come here”

  • Understands many action words (run, jump)

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  • ENT for Children (Dr. Daniel Samadi)

  • 10 Forest Ave, Suite 100

  • Paramus, NJ 07652

  • Phone: (201) 996-1505

  • Fax: (201) 996-1605

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