Signs of Hearing Loss & Getting Tested
Though permanent hearing loss often occurs even without obvious signs, do pay attention if your child complains that his ears hurt or ring, often asks "what?" during conversations, or wants to crank up the volume while watching TV.
Have your child's hearing tested regularly. Babies are usually screened before they head home from the hospital (if not, they should be by 3 months), and children should get tested annually from ages 3 to 6, then about every other year up to age 18. Your pediatrician might recommend additional screenings based on other risk factors, like family history, frequent ear infections, or if your child shows signs of hearing loss, for example.