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What are the signs of hearing loss in children?

Hearing loss can occur at any time in life from factors such as genetics, ear infections, head trauma or certain medications. If you suspect the following symptoms or behaviors in your child, you may need to consult with an audiologist:

-Failed newborn hearing screening
-Delays in speech and language acquisition (i.e no babbling)
-Frequent ear infections
-No startling reaction to loud sounds
-No response or turning to the source of loud sounds after six months of age
-Difficulty following verbal directions
-Short attention span

Any symptom of hearing loss in children should be addressed right away so as not to hamper or delay speech, language and cognitive development as a whole.

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