If left untreated, ear problems can cause permanent ear damage, and may also affect your child's speech and language development.
Here are some tips to help you keep an eye on your child's ears and hearing.
If your child is not learning to speak, it may be a sign of a hearing problem. Here's a guide to what children can generally do at certain ages:
• At 6 months: look towards sounds
• At 18 months: Say simple words such as ‘Ma-ma’
• At 3 years: Say short sentences: ‘It’s a dog’
• At 5 years: Be easily understood by others
If your child does any of the following, it may be a sign of a hearing problem:
• Is regularly unable to hear sounds that you can
• Says ‘what?’ a lot
• Watches your face to hear you
• Always have a runny or crusty nose? Or runny, crusty or smelly ears?
The Good Hearing Book is a practical guide for parents and carers of children with ear troubles. It includes what to look out for, how to help young children learn language, when to get a hearing test and when to think about hearing aids.
Click here to download the Good Hearing Book.
For paper copies of the Good Hearing Book, please call us on 1300 262 363.