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    Hearing Loss in Children, Age 4 Years and Older

    By the age of 4, your child may tell you he or she is having trouble hearing or understanding others. You can ask your child questions about his or her hearing.

    You can also assess changes in your child's behavior that might mean a hearing loss. Compare present behavior with past behavior. Does your child:

    • Follow complicated instructions, such as "Take your coat to your bedroom and bring a book to read"?
    • Respond to sounds appropriately, such as a telephone ringing, television sounds, or knocking at the door?

    Your child's teacher may notice behavior that would mean your child is not hearing well, such as talking in a loud voice or not following instructions.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerCharles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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