A possible hearing loss is more difficult to identify in older children, whose speech skills are already developed.
Nevertheless, the following guidelines from the American Hearing Health Foundation can help parents detect a possible acquired hearing loss.
- Your child seems to hear fine some of the time and then not respond at other times
- Your child wants the TV volume louder than other members of the family
- Your child says "What?" more often
- Your child moves one ear forward when listening, or he complains that he can only hear out of his "good ear".
- Your child's grades fall or their teacher notes that they do not seem to hear or respond as well in the classroom as other children.
- Your child says that they didn't hear you. This may seem obvious, but many parents assume that their children are not paying attention when in fact there may be an unidentified hearing loss.
- It seems as though your child is just not paying attention.
- Your child starts to speak more loudly than previously.
- If your child looks at you intensely when you speak to them, as if concentrating, they may be depending more on visual cues for interpreting speech.
- You just have a feeling, but you can't put your finger on what your concern is. Don't let that stop you. Ask your doctor for a referral to ease your mind.
If you suspect that your child has a hearing loss, you should contact your family doctor/GP.