Your Baby's Hearing

Signs of Hearing Impairment

Here's an age-by-age guide of signs to watch out for:


  • Doesn't startle or cry at loud noises
  • Doesn't stop moving or crying in response to your voice

3 to 4 months

  • Doesn't turn toward a sound

5 to 6 months

  • Doesn't notice you until she sees you

6 to 7 months

  • Prefers vibratory sounds (she can feel these)
  • Doesn't babble or try to repeat sounds

12 months

  • Hasn't yet said simple words such as "Mama," "Dada," or "bye-bye"

2 years

  • Speech is hard to understand (many words and short phrases should be recognizable)
  • Doesn't repeat words you say

Any age

  • Doesn't respond when called
  • Hears some sounds but not others

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