When it comes to diagnosing hearing problems, many of us find it hard to identify if we have hearing loss or not. This is because we don’t really have a benchmark to compare our hearing to. It also happens extremely gradually, meaning we don’t realize when our hearing is getting worse. Eventually, we’ll need to get in touch with a hearing instrument specialist to help us identify if we have hearing loss or not; then, we can be guided on the various solutions available to us.
But when it comes to children, it can be even more difficult for them to detect hearing loss or not. As such, it’s important that you look out for signs of hearing loss in your child to see if they need a hearing test or not. When working with a professional hearing instrument specialist, you can help your child cope with any potential hearing loss that they’re experiencing. Dealing with these issues early on can be extremely beneficial for your child’s upbringing, hence the importance of detecting them early.
1. Your child puts things on a much higher volume than everyone else
One of the telltale signs of hearing loss in both adults and children is seeing them put devices on a much higher volume than others. For example, they might ask you to turn up the television even though it’s already at a fairly high level, or you might notice that they listen to music on a very high volume setting when they have headphones in. It’s a good idea to pay attention to what volume settings your child uses so that you can compare it to other members of the family and yourself. This will actually help you detect if anyone else (including yourself) is showing signs of hearing loss.
2. Your child often says they couldn’t hear you
While this may seem innocent at first, it’s actually a significant sign that you should pay attention to. When your child says that they couldn’t hear you, you need to start noting the situations in which it happens and if other people or children can actually hear. Parents might just assume that their child isn’t paying attention or is focusing on something else, but it could also be hearing loss. Try and pay attention to the circumstances where your child says they couldn’t hear you.
3. Your child is always asking you to repeat yourself
Whether your child constantly asks “what?” when you say something or if they ask you to repeat it, this is a telltale sign of hearing loss and should be something you take very seriously. Again, it might seem innocent at first, but it’s another common sign of hearing loss. You might notice them repeating it to their friends and other family members as well. If they frequently ask people to repeat themselves, then it’s a sign of concern, and we recommend that you take them to see a hearing instrument specialist for a hearing test as soon as possible.
4. Your child has a “good ear”
Lastly, your child might lean forward with one ear when they’re unable to hear you, or you might see them always using one side of their head to listen to sounds. This might seem like a common childish gesture, but there’s a chance that your child has developed a “good” and “bad” ear. Feel free to speak with your child and ask them if one ear is better than the other, or if they prefer to hear out of one of their ears. This will let you know if they’ve chosen one ear as a “good” ear. In a situation like this, it’s a good idea to get a hearing test on both ears to identify if it’s actually hearing loss.
Get in touch with us today
If you’d like to learn more about hearing loss or want to book a consultation with a professional hearing instrument specialist, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today at (818) 698-8056. At Hearing Science of The Foothills, Inc., we’re more than happy to work with families to help detect the early signs of hearing loss in children to prepare life-long solutions to help them manage it and ensure that it doesn’t get progressively worse.