Hearing checklist for children

For Children

It is important to monitor your baby’s speech and language development as well as responses to sound. The following checklist provides a general guide to hearing and language milestones.

Birth to 3 Months
Reacts to loud sounds.
Quiets to familiar voices or sounds.
Makes cooing noises.
Responds to speech by looking at speaker’s face.
 
3 - 6 months
Turns eyes or head toward sounds.
Starts to make speech-like sounds.
Laughs and makes noises to indicate pleasure and displeasure.
 
6 - 9 months
Babbles, ‘dada’, ‘mama’, ‘baba’.
Shouts/vocalises to get attention.
Will often respond to ‘no’ and own name.
 
9 - 12 months
Imitates speech sounds of others.
Understands simple words, eg ‘ball’, ‘dog’, ‘daddy’.
Points to people, body parts or toys when asked.
Continually learns new words to say although may be unclear.
 
12 - 18 months
Appears to understand some new words each week.
Follows simple spoken instructions, eg ‘get the ball’
Points to people, body parts or toys when asked.
Continually learns new words to say although may be unclear.
 
18 - 24 months
Listens to simple stories or songs.
Combines two or more words in short phrases eg ‘more food’.
 
2 - 3 years old
Understands longer sentences.
Listens from a distance (in quiet).
Follows directions that include 2-3 steps.
 
3 - 4 years old
Processes complex sentence structures.
Re tells longer stories in detail – 5 or more sentences.

If you are concerned about your child’s hearing or speech and language development, please arrange to have your child’s hearing tested. Please contact your nearest clinic or a health professional.


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Disclaimer

The information on this website is for educational purposes, and is not intended to replace medical advice. Please consult a hearing healthcare professional to diagnose or treat a hearing or health problem.

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