Worried About Your Child's Hearing? What Are Your Options?
If you've noticed that your child seems to have trouble following instructions lately, or if they don't seem to listen to you unless you're standing right in front of them, you may be tempted to simply chalk this behavior up to normal childhood stubbornness. However, in some cases, it could be indicative of mild to moderate hearing loss. Although just about every newborn in the U.S. is screened for hearing loss within just a few hours of birth, these tests don't always pick up less severe cases; and in other situations, a child may be born with perfect hearing but later become deaf or hard-of-hearing in one or both ears due to an infection, illness, or injury.