Original Published Date: October 23, 2020

Updated: August 3, 2021


Teach-babies-sign-languge Symptoms You Should Recognize



My next door neighbor in my old neighborhood in Chicago, was concerned about the hearing health of her soon to be born baby. You see Helen, that’s her first name, had three children already and a fourth on the way.


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Young Sister’s Posing

Many afternoons, Helen would talk about her life and how some family members suffer from certain disabilities.

One close family member had hearing issues. She started wondering, “What are the symptoms of hearing loss?”

One cousin had a bad limp in the right leg, another uncle suffered from a blood disorder and another nephew suffered symptoms regarding hearing loss in one ear.

She knew there were many health issues in her family, but never thought it would catch up and spill over into her family. From past uncles, cousins and aunties, it was only a matter of time.

Although she know it’s not funny, but Helen would sometime just sit back, shake her head and chuckle to herself, thinking about the family tree.

How everyone’s health issue down the line affected someone else’s health in the family.



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Baby Resting Peacefully

Like with any first-time mom starting a new family, she prays that her baby will be normal. Of course, all new moms want this.

But unlike many of Helen’s other friends, they’ve experienced some ‘bad luck’ with the birth of their children.

(Not necessarily with the first one, but it happened with one of the others.)  This wasn’t Helen’s first rodeo.

Helen wasn’t a first-time parent and could recognize anything ‘out of the ordinary’ when it comes down to monitoring the health of her children.

Considering past issues regarding her ‘family tree,’ she was prepared for anything. Then after a couple of months, she start noticing somethings not right. Helen consulted with her doctor.

After further testing with an ENT specialist, just to be sure, it was confirmed.



Here is a list of general warning signs regarding children. As a parent suspecting a hearing issue, please be very noticeable and aware of these signs:

  • The child seems to respond inconsistently to sound, sometimes hearing and sometimes not.
  • The child intently watches the speakers face.
  • The child often says “What?” when spoken to.
  • The child exhibits behaviors that seem to favor one ear, such as tilting the head to the left or right when listening.
  • There is a history of hearing in the family.
  • The child’s mother had rubella (German measles) during pregnancy.
  • There is a history of blood incompatibility or difficulty in pregnancy.
  • There child has had frequent high fevers.
  • The child has a history of chronic ear infections.
  • The child frequently complains of hurting ears.
  • The child seems to respond better to low – or high – pitched sounds.
  • There is a change in how loudly or how much the child babbles or talks.



If you’re a parent with a child between 2 -14, follow the link.

If you suspect a hearing loss, examine the child’s speech and language development.

The speech of children who have a hearing loss may sound different or less clear because they will be imitating a distorted signal.

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Young Child Suffering From Hearing Loss.

Many children have had a hearing impairment since birth and have therefore not heard speech and language of the same quality as that experienced by children with normal hearing.

As a result, their language acquisition is an ongoing, effort-filled sequence instead of a gradual, easy, natural process.

Consider the scores of times small children hear a word before they can learn to actually say it. Children with an impairment do not hear as many words in their surroundings as easily, and consequently they may build a vocabulary at a much slower pace.

Improving the vocabulary of children with hearing loss is so important. Also expanding children’s hearing opportunities is a big ‘Plus’.

Their words may also be missing word endings (e.g., s, ing), and short words (e.g., the, is, it) may be missing from their speech. The children’s written work may also reflect their inability to hear.

These specific age-related behaviors can signal a hearing loss in infants and toddlers:



  • The child DOESN’T startle in some way, such as a blink of the eyes or a jerk of the body or a change of activity in response to sudden, loud sounds.
  • The child DOESN’T initiate sounds such as cooing or babbling.
  • The child shows NO RESPONSE to noise-making toys.
  • The child DOESN’T respond to or is not soothed by the sound of his or her’s mother’s voice.


  • The child DOESN’T search for sounds by shifting eyes or turning the head from side to side.


  • The child DOESN’T show some kind of response to his or her name.
  • He or she REDUCES their number of vocal behaviors, such as babbling.


  • The child shows NO RESPONSE to common household sounds, such as pots banging, running water, or footsteps from behind.
  • The child yells when imitating sounds.
  • The child DOESN’T respond to someone’s voice by turning his or her head or body in all directions to search for the source.


  • The child ISN’T beginning to imitate many sounds or ISN’T attempting to say simple words.
  • In order to get the child’s attention, you consistently have to raise your voice.

What to do if your child or you seem to have some loss of hearing?


If you suspect that your child is hearing impaired or if you feel that sounds are not as loud as you need them to be, or that speech is muffled, it is a good idea to first have your family physician check for wax in the ear canalsinfection, or a treatable disease.

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Child listening carefully for sound wave.

If the problem can be treated medically or surgically, pursue that treatment.

If this is not possible, or if after treatment you or your child still has some difficulty hearing, investigate hearing help with the role of an audiologist.

To begin, ask your physician for a signed statement or form called a “medical clearance” saying that the hearing loss has been medically evaluated and that you or your child may be considered a candidate for different types of hearing aids.

This form is required by law before a hearing aid dispenser can provide you with a hearing aid. (Adults over eighteen may sign a waiver of this regulation, but for your best hearing health you should obtain a medical check-up instead.)

Then arrange for a hearing test to determine how much hearing loss there is.

Get a complete hearing evaluation from a licensed audiologist who is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology (FAAA) and/or one with a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) issued by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).


Audiologists can measure hearing ability and identify the degree of loss.

They can design and direct a rehabilitation program, recommend and fit the most appropriate hearing aids, and measure the hearing improvement from the use of hearing aids.

They will provide guidance and training on how to use the new hearing aids and recommend the use of other assistant technology, if it’s appropriate. They can also teach speech reading.

They can help you and your child to find solutions that reduce the effects of hearing loss by working with your spouse, family, employer, teacher, caregiver, or other medical specialist. In addition, audiologists evaluate balance, vertigo and dizziness disorders.

If a hearing aid is recommended, be certain to arrange for a trial of at least thirty days through a facility that assist you and your child in becoming oriented to the new experience of hearing with amplification.

Remember, it is a learning experience that does require time, practice, and patience.”

What You Should Know About ‘Myths’ & ‘Facts’


As your child matures through life from a young child to adulthood, their hearing situation remains the same. Once you have acknowledge the hearing loss, you decide to do something about it.

But before you even research the subject, you start receiving advice – solicited and unsolicited – from family and friends, and even medical personnel.

Some of this advice and information, regarding children & adults is accurate, but a large amount of misinformation has been circulated over the years. )

Listed below are some incorrect statements and corrected information to help you and other family members become more educated on hearing loss.

MYTH: A Mild Hearing Loss Is Nothing To Be Concerned About.

FACT: Although you may think that you are not missing important information and seem to be managing, you may not realize that your family and friends are frustrated and that you have begun to feel left out.

Not only should you be concerned about your hearing loss, you should do something about it.

MYTH: You Will Be The First Person To Notice That You Have A Hearing Loss.

FACT: Because hearing loss often occurs gradually, you may not notice it at first. Family members and co-workers often are the first to notice that you need to have questions repeated or that the television is to loud.

MYTH: Your Hearing Loss Is Normal For Your Age.

FACT: Hearing loss is not normal at any age; however, hearing loss is more prevalent among older adults than in the general population. Currently, approximately one-third of the population older than sixty-five has some degree of hearing loss.

MYTH: You Have A Sensorineural Hearing Loss (nerve deafness) And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It.

FACT: Most hearing losses can be helped with amplification and assistive listening devices. A majority of people with nerve deafness hear better by wearing hearing aids. 

This form of hearing loss is not correctable with surgery. Conductive hearing loss, however, is often correctable medically or surgically.

MYTH: You Would Understand People If You Listened More Carefully.

FACT: Although paying attention, watching the speaker’s lips, and observing body language can help you understand the message, no amount of careful listening can make you understand what you can’t hear clearly.

If you have a hearing loss, you need to acknowledge it and see a trained hearing healthcare professional for an evaluation to determine if you would benefit from a hearing aid.

MYTH: Your Hearing Loss Is Not Bad Enough For A Hearing Aid.

FACT: Everyone’s  hearing loss is different. Some hard of hearing people hear well on the telephone; others have difficulty. Some have no problem in a quiet one-on-one situation, but have difficulty in a nosy or group setting.

You must determine the degree of difficulty you are having, and together with a trained hearing healthcare professional, determine your need for a hearing aid.

MYTH: A Hearing Aid Will Correct Your Hearing.

FACT: A  hearing aid may be helpful, but not a cure for hearing loss. Hearing aids are not like eyeglasses; they cannot correct or restore hearing to normal levels, but they will make sounds louder.

If your hearing loss can be helped with a hearing aid, then an appropriately prescribed and fitted hearing aid should make your hearing and understanding abilities better, and in turn, improve your quality of life.

MYTH: A Hearing Aid Will Damage Your Hearing.

FACT: A hearing aid will not damage your hearing.

MYTH: Your Hearing Loss Is Not Bad Enough For Two Hearing Aids.

FACT: We normally hear with two ears; therefore, most people with hearing loss in both ears can understand better with two aids than with one.

MYTH: Behind-The-Ear Hearing Aids Old Fashioned; You Will Do Much Better With The Newer In-The-Ear Hearing Aids.

FACT: Behind-the-ear hearing aids are as ‘State of the Art’ as-in-the-ear hearing aids. Some include features not found in the smaller hearing aids, and a particular feature may be important for you.

You should work closely with  your hearing health care provider to ensure that the aid you get is appropriate for your particular needs. Function, not appearance, is the crucial consideration.

MYTH: You Should Have Your Hearing Tested In Your Own Home Where You Spend Most Of Your Time.

FACT: The hearing test should be conducted in a soundproof room in order to provide the most accurate results. 

The information gleaned from the test is used to select the most appropriate hearing aid for your individual hearing loss.

Only individuals confined to a bed for health reasons should have hearing test in other sites such as their home.

MYTH: You Can Save A Lot Of Money Buying A Hearing Aid Through The Mail.

FACT: When you buy a hearing aid, you not only are buying a piece of equipment, you are buying the service of a hearing health care provider in your locality.

Unlike eyeglasses, hearing aids require a longer period of adjustment and often modifications that can only be made by trained personnel.  The wrong hearing aid, or one that is not fitted properly, can be worse than no hearing aid at all.

MYTH: Your Hearing Loss Will Not Change In The Future.

FACT: No one can predict the future. Your hearing  loss may remain stable for the rest of your life, or it may change slowly and progressively or suddenly and dramatically.

MYTH: Learn To Speech read (lipread) And You Will Understand Just Fine.

FACT: Many people benefit from taking speech reading lessons; however speechreading is not a substitute for hearing aids, but a complement to them.

Research studies have found that only about three out of ten words can be speech read clearly, only about 30 to 40 percent of speech is visible, and many words that are visible look the same on the lips (for example, ‘pat’ and ‘bat’, ‘see’ and ‘tea’.

Middle Ear Problems Accounts For Roughly One-Third Of All Pediatric Visits


For many children, earaches began in infancy. By the age of three, over two-thirds of all children have had one or more episodes of some type of ear infection including 33 percent who have had three or more episodes.

Nearly all children affected continue to have problems until the age of six or seven.

Otitis media does not become rare until after age 10, and persists in some children beyond 15 years of What Are The Symptoms Of Hearing Loss? | 12 Most Critical Signs, Myths & Facts.age. Boys appear to be affected more often than girls in the younger age groups, while the trend reverses in older children.

In spite of vast increases in the pediatric use of an

tibiotics, the incidence of otitis media has risen sharply! But before we continue and touch on remedies and preventive measures, let me first explain what Otitis media is.


Otitis media refers to inflammation of the middle ear. When infection occurs, the condition is called “acute otitis media.” respiratory infection, and the presence of bacteria or viruses lead to the accumulation of pus and mucus behind the eardrum, blocking the Eustachian tube. This causes earache and swelling.

In regards to children under two affected with this disease, the rate has increased 224 percent. This substantial increase in otitis media has been attributed to everything from increased doctor awareness to improved diagnostic abilities.

There are even those who contend that the incidence of otitis media has increased, in part, because of the widespread use of antibiotic drugs.

Parents must also keep in mind that some antibiotics, not all, can cause permanent hearing loss.

To a degree, any of the above explanations may have merit. However, there are additional factors that have emerged during the past several decades that increase a child’s susceptibility to illness such as acute otitis media.

Introduction Of Solid Foods:

When beginning to introduce solid foods into a baby's diet, it is important that only one food at a time be added.

This way, if your child is sensitive to that food, you can identify it and avoid feeding it.

Once your child's digestive tract has matured somewhat, you may wish to introduce the food again. The first solids your baby eats should Not  be from among the most common offenders. These include:

  • Dairy products
  • Wheat
  • Eggs
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Peanuts and other nuts
  • Shellfish
  • Sugar
  • Yeast

Fruit Juice:

Most children consume far too much fruit juice. A glass of juice is almost purely simple carbohydrates - in other words, SUGAR. Excess sugar leads to deficiencies in immune function, such as described above.

If you must give fruit juice, dilute it with water, and don't give it cold right out of the refrigerator.

Most parents go to great lengths to make sure their baby's formula is warm but think nothing of feeding a bottle of cold juice from the refrigerator. Cold juice can slow digestion in a child of any age.


Often, parents feel they are doing their child a service by feeding honey instead of sugar. This is a mistake if large quantities of honey are given, since honey contains the same sugar found in table sugar.

There is an interesting phenomenon surrounding honey. When beekeeper's want to claim the hive, they mix a solution of sugar water and spray the bees.

A solution of water and raw honey also has a calming effect on the bees.

However, when pasteurized honey is used, all bees exposed will be found dead within 20 minutes.

It is unclear why this occurs, but it seems to suggest that raw honey may be a better dietary choice for humans than pasteurized honey. Almost all honey you find in the grocery stores is pasteurized.

You have to look specifically for raw honey. A good place to start is a local food co-op or health food store.


A recent study showed that consumption of refined sugar was associated with low intakes of vitamin E. Recall that vitamin E is important in immune function and for regulating inflammation.

It is also low in the diets of children living in industrialized nations.

Studies has shown that when sugar is ingested, the ability of white blood cells to destroy bacteria can fall by as much as 60 percent.

Excessive sugar inhibits fatty acid metabolism because it is high in calories but lacks the nutrients needed to make the enzymes work properly.

I suggest you read the labels carefully. Any time sugar appears among the top five or six ingredients, don't buy the product.

Variety Of Foods:

Avoid feeding the same foods every day. Food sensitivity can be induced by over consuming a given food every day for a long period.

The solution is to rotate foods. Instead of feeding oatmeal every morning for breakfast, feed oatmeal one day, wheat cereal the next, fruit the next, and so on. With infants, rice is preferable to wheat.

If your child has known food allergies, don't feed those foods more than once or twice a week. When you do feed them, give only small amounts.

Cooked Food:

Avoid feeding raw food to your infant. Fruits need not be cooked, but vegetables and other foods should be. Raw foods are more difficult to digest. They're also more apt to contribute to allergy.

Also, cold food should not be fed to a child. When food is eaten cold the body must first warm it to almost 100 degrees before it can be properly utilized.

For an infant or child whose digestive system is immature, this can spell trouble.

Infant Formula:

If you choose not to breastfeed, you should know a few things about infant formula. Powdered formula mix is higher in oxidized fats than is liquid formula.

As I once stated before, oxidized fats in the diet can set the stage for inflammation and immune function problems.

Some infant formulas contain aluminum in concentrations 30 to 100 times greater than that found in human milk.

Aluminum is a toxic metalloid that has been implicated in brain and kidney damage.

For healthy infants this may not be a serious problem since the blood levels of aluminum following ingestion of formula are no higher than that of breastfed infants.

In regard to cow's milk, if this is your choice, studies have shown it causes allergic reactions in a large percentage of children.

Cow's milk and most milk-based formulas (except Enfamil) contain insufficient amounts of the amino acid taurine.

If you do choose to feed cow's milk to your child under age two, use whole milk rather than skim or low-fat milk. Low fat milk has a high protein-to-fat ratio, which is not suitable for infants and toddlers.

Recognize that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that no child under the age one receive whole cow's milk.

Also recognize that cow's milk products are found to be the most common provoking foods in children with middle ear problems and have been associated with an increased prevalence of type 1 diabetes in children at risk.

Childhood Infections Sometimes Common

By definition, otitis media is a disease of the ears. if not treated, chronic ear infections have potential serious consequences such as temporary or permanent hearing loss.

Fluid accumulates in the middle ear, pressure develops in the middle ear, and pain occurs in the middle ear.

Quite naturally then, doctors should directly treat the ears by whatever means possible. Or should they?

One great weakness in modern medical practice is failure to view the patient as a whole.

When a problem arises in one area of the body, this is often the only area that receives attention.

This is why antibiotics and surgery are used with such great frequency. What happens if we ask the question, “What has occurred to render the child’s defenses unable to cope with a viral or bacterial insult?”

In epidemics of strep throat, up to 60 percent of children are considered “carriers.”

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Carriers of the bacteria but are not sick. In studies of stress and infection, those under high stress are much more likely to become sick than those under low stress, even though both may culture positive for bacteria such as strep.

What is unique about the individuals who remain well?

That is, they have positive strep cultures, but do not get sick. Very strong immune systems head the charts, as possibly one thing that helps.

If one child test healthy from an elementary school classroom, it might be discovered that up to 40 percent of them culture positive for mycoplasma in their lungs.

I’m convinced the differences lies in immune defenses or host defenses. in 1994, there were over one thousand written research papers reviewed entitled; 'Beyond Antibiotics.’

It became clear that the immune system could be positively or negatively influenced by at least six factors:





Neuro musculoskeletal factors

Psychological factors

Balancing Out the Scales

Imbalance in one or more areas might tip the scales in favor of the bacteria or virus. Maintaining balance in these areas often allows one to remain well despite exposure to bacteria or viruses.

The principles set forth Beyond Antibiotics have now been used successfully by hundreds of thousands of patients of all ages around the world.

The growing consensus is that by improving host defenses one can reduce the rate of infection and reduce reliance on antibiotic drugs.

Can the same principles be applied to childhood otitis media? Can the same principles be applied to prevention as well as treatment?

It has been determined that, through overwhelmingly positive feedback, the suffering of middle ear problems can be reduced through improved overall health and vitality.

Otitis media is an inflammation of the middle ear. All the events that occur in the middle ear – swelling, pain, infection, complications – are important and must be addressed. However, these events may only be the sequel to events that occur elsewhere in the body.

Killing bacteria may at times, be necessary. Air bourn pathogens are all around.

But as you read this information, keep in mind that optimizing immune function is highly desirable regardless of age or condition.

The cause of otitis media is not fully understood. What probably occurs is a multiplicity of events that interact to take advantage of lowered immune function, underdeveloped eustachian tube muscles, respiratory congestion, excessive mucus production, nutritional inadequacy, or any number of other factors.

Now, let me present a synthesis of the major contributing factors involving middle ear issues. In each case, prevention and treatment solutions are available that take advantage of our understanding of the causes presented here.

The four main causes of ‘otitis media’ (which contributes to hearing loss) are:

  • Allergy and Environmental Sensitivity.
  • Infection.
  • Mechanical Obstruction.
  • Nutrient Insufficiency.

Allergy and Environmental Sensitivity


Allergy is called the great masquerader because it can contribute to and mimic, many illnesses with which we don’t usually associate allergy.

From recurrent colds to bronchitis, bed wetting to headaches, enlarged tonsils to diarrhea, allergy can play a significant role.

To children with recurrent middle ear infection, allergy is indeed the “great masquerader.”

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  Girl with impaired hearing gets medical attention for allergies.

Not all children with allergies develop middle ear problems, and not all children with middle ear problems have them because of allergies.

But in children whose earaches are due to allergy, neglecting to treat the allergy (or the underlying factors that lead to the development of allergies) often results in recurrent infections.

Evidence demonstrating the role of allergy in middle ear problems has been steadily accumulating over the past four decades.

A study of 540 children by W. Leonard Draper, M.D., showed that secretory otitis media was more than twice as frequent in allergic children than in non-allergic children.

Dr. Draper also noted, in a study of 100 allergic children, that approximately 50 percent had fluid in the ears. Poor eustachian tube function – believed to be one of the prime factors leading to the development of middle ear infection – has been found to occur in almost one-third of allergic children.


Under certain conditions, bacteria present in the upper respiratory tract find their way up the eustachian tube into the middle ear. Once in the middle ear chamber, they contribute to the damaging events with which we associate infection.

When middle ear fluid is cultured for bacteria, the most common bacteria found are Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae. These are called pathogenic organisms, which refers to their ability to produce disease.

Cases of otitis media in which S. pneumoniac is involved tend to occur with severe pain and fever, but more commonly affect both ears.

Mechanical Obstruction

Otitis media can when the eustachian tube is blocked, or obstructed, by physical or mechanical means. The most common factors associated with mechanical blockage of the eustachian tube are swollen tonsils or adenoids.

It was this association that prompted the widespread use of tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy in the early days of treating ear infections.

The cause of swollen tonsils or adenoids is not fully understood, but many doctors believe they can be caused or aggravated by allergies. Thus, allergies can lead to the development of one form of mechanical obstruction.

There is another form of mechanical obstruction that further contributes to the development of middle ear problems (and quite possibly the tonsillar and adenoid swelling in some children) called biomechanical obstruction.

Biomechanical obstruction refers to blockage that is due to problems involving the structural components surrounding the ear and eustachian tube.

Nutrient Insufficiency

Over the past two decades, our understanding of nutrition has expanded rapidly. For instance, we know that a child’s intake of dietary fats can either enhance or impair immune function. Intake of the wrong types of fats not only predisposes a child to developing recurrent infections, but to inflammatory conditions as well.

Deficiency of certain trace elements and vitamins causes a child’s metabolic machinery to go awry, even if essential fats are taken in proper proportion. If all is well, regarding the intake of vitamins, minerals, and fats, there are still a host of dietary factors that can upset the balance.

These are important considerations in childhood ear infections. Understanding them can allow you to avoid some things that put your child at risk to ear infections, and to things that will optimize your child’s resistance to disease in general.

You Got That Loving Feeling


From the moment babies are born, these tiny human beings start communicating with the world around them. The vital connection between you and your infants depends on this communication.

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         Infant born with hearing loss

Infants will use extensive body language, facial expressions, and all sorts of verbal sounds to interact with you. These movements and sound will eventually evolve into ‘bonding’ language.

But until they do, you may have an incredibly difficult time understanding your infant’s’ attempts to tell you things.

How many times have you wished you could look into your babies’ minds and know what was going on in there? How many parents have felt the instinctual longing to bond, extract a thought, or a word from their troubled infants?

The inability to understand your infant is certainly there because you don’t try hard enough, nor is it because the infants abandon their attempts to express themselves.

Infants have an instinctual need to communicate with you, just as you have an instinctual need to understand them.

Infants are born with abundant intelligence. However, they have a limited means to let you know what their thoughts and needs are. The muscles that allow speech to form are undeveloped, restricting the infant from participating in verbal language.

Imagine how it must feel to be a baby, who has many specific needs, thoughts to express but has no effective way to make those specific needs or thoughts understood.

At times, it must be frustrating for these small and socially dependent beings to live with these limitations.

Communication Is One of The Highest Forms of Social Interaction. 


Leading researchers in infant behavior have determined that social interaction is crucial to all infants’ development. They have further concluded that for a caregiver to withhold social responses to an infant’s attempts to communicate is one of the most disruptive things that can occur in the infant’s learning process.

What can you do to encourage this learning process? Here is where SIGN with your BABY contribute to your infant’s development. Imagine how your babies might feel if one day you started using simple hand movements to communicate.

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   Little girl suffering from partial hearing loss.

Let’s say you make a particular motion during a certain daily activity, such as eating.

Soon your infants associate that movement with the situation or activity that was taking place when the motion was introduced.

They begin to experiment with their own hands and discover they can replicate the movements you make.

Receiving reinforcement from you, babies quickly learn that by making this motion, they can communicate their needs and wants.

The time between newborn birth and when your infants utter their first recognizable words can be a time of miscommunication or a time when your communication is less than precise.

This does not have to be the case. These precious months can be rich in meaningful and effective infant/parent interaction.

Using manual communication with your infants can help build a solid foundation for mutual understanding, dramatically contributing to the bonding process.

Prenatal Issues


The complexity of the ear means that it is vulnerable to damage from a wide variety of sources – disease, genetic disorders, infection, noise, or accidents.

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           Working structure of the inner ear

Each age has its unique susceptibility: the fetus, because the ear mechanism is undergoing rapid development; the child, vulnerable to a host of ototoxic diseases; the adult, prey to the disintegration of the ear due to normal aging.


Prenatal Causes of Hearing Loss. 

Loss of hearing from prenatal causes occurs in between 7 and 20 percent of deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

Significantly, most of these prenatal causes are preventable. The three major threats to the hearing mechanism of a woman’s unborn baby are viral diseases, ototoxic drugs (drugs that can harm hearing), and the woman’s health during pregnancy.

Of these, the biggest threat to prenatal ear development is viral disease contracted by a pregnant mother.

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New mom with hearing impaired child.

The most dangerous of all the viral diseases from the standpoint of hearing is rubella, though damage also can be caused by the mother’s infection with influenza, mumps, toxoplasmosis (protozoan infection), cytomegalovirus (CMV), and herpes.

In fact, almost any severe infection can damage the developing fetal hearing mechanism, especially during the first trimester, when the fetus seems to be especially vulnerable.

Only the common cold appears to carry no threat to an unborn child’s ears.


A mother who contacts German measles during the first three months of pregnancy may give birth to a child with some degree of hearing loss.

Typically, the pregnant woman experiences just a mild rash and fever, but she may have no symptoms at all and not even realize she has been infected.

About one third of children born to children born to mothers who contract rubella may be deaf; especially if it occurs in the first few months of pregnancy.

However, there have been cases in which a baby sustained hearing loss when the mother contracted rubella as late as the seventh month of pregnancy.

The mother can also infect her baby long after she contracts rubella, since the virus may linger in her body and go on to injure an embryo that is conceived weeks or months after the infection appears to have subsided.

In some cases, the child’s deafness may be progressive, because the virus persists in the child’s body after birth.


Prenatal infection by toxoplasmosis can also lead to a hearing loss. Up to 45 percent of American women of reproductive age carry this organism, usually passed on by infected cats and their waste, and one baby out of every 800 will develop toxoplasmosis in the womb from an infected mother.

An infected pregnant woman’s doctor can’t confirm the disease unless they’ve had a negative toxoplasmosis test early in their pregnancy and subsequently test positive for the infection.

Most babies born with toxoplasmosis don’t show evidence of the infection immediately, but many physicians advise drug treatment anyway.


Up to half of all children infected with CMV in the womb will have a bilateral, sensorineural hearing loss of varying severity. Discovered in 1956, cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a member of the herpes virus family; it’s the largest, most complex virus known to infect humans.

The virus doesn’t usually cause any symptoms in healthy people, but it may set off symptoms like the common cold in a pregnant woman. Hearing loss in infants is most often profound, although some babies sustain milder losses.

Cytomegalovirus infection in the womb is now considered a possible cause of many previously unknown cases of non-genetic hearing loss.


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  1. Hey Ronald. Very important article. Not all parents know that problems with hearing can by spotted very early after born and sooner treatment is started, bigger chances to cure there are (at least partially). I do have such situation in family, and  know how difficult is to find reliable and transparent information. Definitely I will send your post to friends and family as we all should spread of awareness regarding children hearing problem.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you my friend Cogito for stopping by and commenting. I would very much appreciate it if you shared my post with your family & friends. I personally feel this article will educate many families and provide additional information on a growing problem such as this. Thanks again.

  2. Julian Wagstaffe

    Growing up my hearing was excellent, but as a teenager I use to always have my earphone speakers at maximum volume and in my early adult life, I and my girlfriend noticed my hearing ability was low.

    I had to stop listening to loud music and stop going to parties as I was more concerned about going deaf. I don’t feel as deaf now but I know my hearing wasn’t as bad as it once was.

    I once had a friend who’s daughter is blind and deaf. He didn’t know of this until she was 9 months, he said what made him concern is that she wouldn’t respond to pretty much anything and how she crawled with no sense of direction.

    This is a great article and hopefully someone comes across this that will truly benefit their needs or someone else’s.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Julian, loud music over time, will take your hearing out quick! (I’m surprised you can even hear at all.) Your ears and all it’s delicate components should be treated more gentle. These ‘instruments’ attached to each side of our heads get taken for granted, until it’s too late. 

  3. Thank you very much for this useful article. My cousin’s child has been three months old, but he already shows some symptoms for hearing loss, although not as severe as the one you’ve mentioned in the article. The mother still thinks it’s normal for that age, but your article clearly states otherwise. I’ll share your article to hear, and hopefully, it’s not a permanent hearing impairment.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Alblue, your cousin’s child is definitely showing early signs of a hearing disability, and this should not be taken lightly. This is where many parents mess up by constructing their own diagnosis. To be on the safe side, the child should be taken in to an ENT for an evaluation. Good luck! Let me know how it goes.

  4. Otaru Gideon

    Thank you very much for taking so much to give attention to children with hearing deficiency.

    Communication in all its entirety can not be over emphasized. I can imagine what children with this deformity how through trying to hear and understand while they are being talked to. I enjoy the fact that some prescription was given on how to help such children better. Thank you

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Communicating with special needs kids and how it’s done is important. Their situation is classified more as a disability, than a deformity. There are solutions for every situation. Concerned parents isn’t to take this lightly and get the proper care before things get worst. Please share my post. 

  5. It’s important to monitor your children for so may things, so as to remain privy to all that may affect or better their lives. I have to sadly say that this is the first time that I have ever considered hearing loss as one of those factors, but I’m really glad that you shared this article as I learnt a great deal from it. 

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Yes Bella, being a good observant parent is the way it should be. Some families find out too late or after things has gotten worse, is when they tend to jump into action. The health of our children should always come first; even before our own. This should be our main priority! 

  6. Hello Ronald, 
    Thank you for this thorough article about how hearing loss symptoms affect children. It’s very insightful and something that is useful to be known no matter the circumstances. 

    I started learning ASL as I want to be able to talk to the cruise ship guests who are using the ASL language. 

    Bless you, for providing information for everybody and especially those in need! 

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Sunny for dropping in. Your comments are very much appreciated. Millions of children around the globe are born with a hearing disability. It’s up to the parents to recognize these symptoms in time. It’s great you learned ASL to better yourself in your work, especially dealing with a large number of people. Thank you again. Please share my post.

  7. Good day to you at this time of your day. It is great and interesting getting to learn about hearing loss symptoms on children. I have seems such cases before, but getting to know the symptoms was quite hard. But it not anymore, thanks to you for writing this article. Enough knowledge has been gained on my part.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Kelvin for letting me know you gained additional knowledge from my website. I’m hoping I continue to educate others on this serious and important subject. Much more can be done to combat this on going problem that affects many youngsters. Please share this.

  8. Hello there! Thank you very much for sharing this article on how hearing loss snoring affect children. I’ve one through it and it’s a very detailed article and I must commend your effort for coming forward with this. I find this very helpful as it contains valuable information. These 12 most critical signs would help a lot in knowing what’s going on, thanks a lot 

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Sophie. My article is based on hearing loss ‘symptoms’ Not ‘snoring’ (I understand typos will happen.) I hope you found some value in my writings. This is an issue facing families around the globe that garners more attention. Maybe you know some family going through this, as well. Thanks for commenting. Please share.

  9. philebur

    Hello there, thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful piece of information here with us. I must say i really did enjoyed going through your review as it contains valuable informations one needs to be aware of. I did not know much about this before now, looking at the fact one can tell it is possible

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi philebur, thanks for commenting. I’m glad you gained some additional knowledge from my post. I try providing information either comical or on a more serious level, such as this one. It’s a great feeling to me knowing I’m educating my readers. Please share.

  10. Aluko kolawole


    My online findings about the topic is that most children with hearing loss are born to parents with normal hearing, that means the entire family may have a lot to learn about living with the condition, you may find out your child has hearing loss when he’s born, or he might be diagnosed later in childhood, the most important thing to do is to get the right treatment as early as possible. If you understand more about the condition, you can get your child the help he needs so he can learn, play, and keep up with other kids his age, some children are born with hearing problems.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Aluko. It also seem some parents don’t recognize the seriousness of the child’s issue until it’s too late. You know how things can become worse when you don’t take care of problems when they first present themselves. With children anything can happen, and as parents we have to be on top of things. Good health is important when it boils down to children and toddlers. Aluko, please share my site with others.

  11. Thank you so much for a well-informed post that I think will be a help to so many people with children that are facing this issue. I believe that we should do all that we can to ensure that our children have the best care possible especially with those that have hearing issues. What you have written is such a great help and has opened up the eyes of so many parents as to how to go about their children’s health when it comes to their hearing.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Norman for commenting. Also thank you for your compliments. Children and families facing hearing disabilities seems to be growing all around. It’s sad that young children are born to parents with this issue. Like you say, all parents can do is adjust and deal with the ‘Hand God dealt them.’ Please share my post Norman with your downline.

  12. Kimberly

    Wow! Being an expecting parent, it is always advisable to read wide and large, so that we have the right array of information to help us combat anything in our path. I actually value all you have shared here and honestly, this is well worthy. I would say that I really appreciate everything shared here and I can only say that most parents do not always figure things like this out until it got out of hands. Thanks you so much

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Kimberly, thanks for stopping by. This is an ever growing problem affecting many families. Every expecting mom wants their child to be healthy and normal. Everything working fine. But every now-and-then, someone will get dealt a bad hand. That’s just faith. Who says life was perfect? Please share my post.

  13. Md. Asraful Islam

    Thank you for sharing a lovely, informative article with us. The chief item of this article is Hearing Loss Symptoms In Children. It is truly amazing that you covered this subject so well in your post. I’ve learned a lot from reading your post and gained a lot of knowledge about it. I like STAYING ALERT 24/7 of the points in your article. One of my cousins had this problem and later using a hearing aid got rid of this problem.
    I have read and enjoyed your article so I would like to share your article with my friends by sharing it in Facebook group so that everyone can know about your article and gain knowledge about it

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you MD. I’m glad you found some value in my post. Hearing loss is an issue that affects many families across the globe. I’m glad your cousin found satisfaction in solving his problem. Yes Md. please share my post with your Facebook group, so they all can be educated.Thanks my friend

  14. A really great article. I thoroughly enjoyed it. And I learned a lot. A truly great resource. 🙂

    And I just wanted to emphasize that it’s incredibly important to look at all of these signs in conjunction with one another. Just one or two typically won’t mean that the child has a hearing problem. 

    For example, from personal experience, just because the child watches the speaker’s face very intently does not necessarily mean that they can’t hear well. Quite to the contrary, in fact, there is a period in each child’s development when they start to very intently look at speakers. So, it’s very important to notice these small but crucial differences. 

    Also, child often saying, “What?” when spoken to can often just mean that we as parents are not making sure that the child is paying attention, he/she might be deeply involved in another activity and based on his/her inherent focus and devotion to that very specific activity (as well as entering flow) may be absolutely zoomed out of the surroundings. Which may cause frequent “whats.”

    Just wanted to throw that out there. Cheers.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you matiss for checking in with me. I’m happy you enjoyed my article. The issues you pointed out are well taken. All children are their own person. Each child’s action is different. So sometimes it may be difficult to tell what they are or are not responding to at that given moment. But it is safe to say, when looking at the ‘Big Picture’ as a whole, these children are all faced with the same thing; some form of hearing loss. An issue that affects many families and their children around the globe. Matiss, Please share my article.

  15. Thank you so much for this post which resonated with me very much, because my adult sister has just had an operation to help her reverse possible deafness. She was diagnosed with a degenerative disease called Otosclerosis – I wonder if you’ve come across people with this condition. I hope and pray that the operation will help because there are still many risks – e.g. if something goes wrong she may lose hearing in both of her ears. However, she’s got a fantastic sense of humour ad I think that’s what’s so important for healing. After the operation, her right ear was bandaged, and she posted on Facebook a collage of her and Vincent van Gogh’ self-portrait, where his right ear is bandaged in exactly the same way. It was hilarious. She made everyone laugh rather than over-worry. Another thing that comes to my mind is the wonderful actor Richard Griffiths, who was born to parents who were both deaf and dumb. And he became a master of speech and expression. I think these are very encouraging and inspiring stories. It’s so important not to see our obstacles as tragedies but as challenges through which amazing things can happen. Thanks so much again for sharing such a brilliant, thought-provoking, and helpful article!

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you my friend for stopping by and commenting. Hearing loss affects many families around the globe. Sorry to hear what your sister went through. I studied this. Three small bones are connected to the eardrum to help amplify sound waves. Problem is, one of the bones does not move freely and sound cannot travel through the ear and hearing can become impaired. This can only be corrected through surgery, implementing a surgical procedure called ‘stapedectomy.’ As you mentioned Lucie, with your sister having a great sense of humor, this will help get you through anything. Please share my post!

  16. Holaric1

    Dear Ronald,

    Thanks a lot for the informative and helpful post. I got great insights from your post.

    This post means a lot to me and the timing of this post is amazing. You know nothing beats the feeling of increasing and boosting one’s chances of success by just learning it the right way. Now I know how to identify hearing loss symptoms in children with12 of the most important ones.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Holaric1, my friend. I’m happy to hear that you gained insight from my article. My main goal is to help as many folks as I can with valuable information. Information which could help them deal with this critical issue. You never know what someone may be going through within their family. Please share my post with others.

  17. Dear Ronald,

    Thanks a lot for the informative and helpful post. I got great insights from your post.

    This post means a lot to me and the timing of this post is amazing. By GODS grace my wife gave birth to a boy baby on 2nd of March 2019 and the doctor asked us to take the child for hearing test after 15 days. I felt nervous and afraid and did some research, tried to check the baby’s hearing capacity on my own just by talking and making noise.

    Although the baby is responding to the noise as you said by turning his head and watching on the direction, a medical report will give a big relief. Last Monday we taken the baby for hearing test and by GODS grace everything is fine. 

    In your post you not only discussed the challenge and the symptoms but also provided with the solution which is very helpful. This post is a must read for every parents.

    Great information, you have really given a lot of value here.

    Much Success!


    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Paul. I’m so glad you found some value in my article. The hearing health in children is something all parents should take note of. Every parent wants a healthy child. When discouraging news comes back after a doctor report regarding the child’s hearing health, it can be devastating! Thank God in your case Paul, all was good! Please share my post with your social media community. 

  18. This is such an important article to me. I’m so glad you could share and also make it very easy to understand and no complications. My friend’s son went through some of these things and she had no idea that there was something wrong until 10 months old, when I was visiting and brought her attention to it.

    I wish I had read this article before then, I would have had the knowledge on how to help. I love kids, so anything that concerns them is usually of utmost interest and importance to me. Now I know how to identify hearing loss symptoms in children with12 of the most important ones.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hey Vapz, I commend you for being alert enough to point out these things to your friend. No telling how long the problems would have continued with the child. Sometimes, parents are not observant enough and don’t recognize serious issues their child may be going through. Then again, they may notice something different, but don’t take it seriously. Please share this article with others.

  19. Thanks for writing out this lovely article and I must say its a must for every parents  to read and digest.I once have a neighbor experiencing this symptoms on her kid. I should before the kids could hear me. But I  call her mum notice to go for medical check up concerning her kid. The kid is now hearing clearly. this article made me to understand the causes of this problem and the solution to it. Your article  is very educative and informative. Thanks for the insight. 

    Best regards

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thanks for checking in my friend. Sounds like your neighbor’s kid problem was recognized and addressed. When hearing loss is recognized in a child, it should be checked out immediately. Most hearing issues are caused by bacteria, which in turn, brings on a infection that can be cured with antibiotics. It’s good to hear, this child is getting along ok with improved hearing.

  20. Seun Afotanju

    Thanks for this informative post,  I currently have a friend who’s partially deaf from birth  and has this bothering him amongst his friends, when talking to him you have to stand in front of him for him to hear you and this has been my major concern for him, what can be done in his situation ?

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Seun, your friend needs a hearing aid, if you have to stand directly in front of him. Why has he not gone in to see an ENT specialist? The doctor can determine the degree of hearing loss through a series of test. If medical insurance is an issue, financial aid is offered in some states. Sounds like an hearing aid is what he most definitely needs right now.  

  21. Hello, this is perhaps unrelated to your topic. I currently teach kids in my community, and there’s a girl who doesn’t seem to hear and speak as well as others. I’ve advised her parents to take her to a clinic, but they’re insisting she’s a slow learner that’s why her speech is slurred. Do you think it has something to do with hearing loss? Can it be a treatable infection? Hoping to hear your feedback soon.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Louis for checking with me. When overprotective parents insist on doing their own evaluations, this only hurts the child in question. It could possibly be a treatable bacteria which caused middle ear infection. Then an antibiotic should be prescribed. Problems start when fluid builds up in the air-filled space behind the eardrum, which is known as otitis media with effusion.

      This build up can reduce the mobility of the eardrum and middle ear bone, leading to the child’s hearing issues. But I strongly recommend the child be taken to an ENT specialist for an hearing evaluation. Only then will a professional determination be made. Please share this information.

  22. Hi Ronald

    I have a child with glue ear and it’s affected his speech and language tremendously. The problem was noticed when he was 18 months old but because of the long waiting list here where I live (I live in Ireland), it wasn’t diagnosed until he was 3 years old. It then took a further 2 and a half years before he had his first set of grommets inserted.

    He’s now almost 7 years old and has just had a second set put in but his speech and language are still pretty bad to the point where he’s had to attend a special school because of it. Believe it or not, there are actually areas here in Ireland where the waiting list to see an ENT specialist are over 4 years long. It’s shocking and glue ear should be a pretty treatable issue.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Jessie. Thanks for checking in. I’m very surprised to hear the waiting list to see an ENT specialist is 4 years. There should be a change in health policies in regards to childrens health. It makes no sense! If time had allowed, your son’s problem could have been corrected. 

      But glue ear’s one of medicine’s great mysteries – docs don’t yet know exactly what triggers it, but they do know it’s related to the eustachian tube, through which fluid normally drains away from the middle ear. Depending on the shape of the child’s eustachian tube will determine how effective the inserted grommets will be.

      When this stops functioning properly, fluid builds up, causing glue ear. Over time, this build-up of fluid prevents the eardrum from working like it should. I guess you’ve done all you could. At this stage, all you can do is continue with speech therapist, in the hopes things will continue improving. Good luck to you.

  23. Win Bill Huang

    My mother in law is currently deaf to normal sounds.If you want her to hear you, you have to speak extremely loudly to her. When she was little, she had a high fever.

    She lived in the countryside so the doctors there didn’t do a very good job and she ended up the way she is now. I agree that these kinds of things should be detected early, and making buy some kind of hearing aid for children.

    It’s nice to learn about these symptoms. In the future, if anything I would know to detect them ahead of time.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Bill. How are you? Thanks for checking in with me. In regards to your mother-in-law, as a child, her hearing loss may be caused by a defect of the outer or middle ear, but more often the damage exists in the inner ear (cochlea). … Some illnesses which may cause hearing loss include meningitis, encephalitis, mumps, and jaundice. Any disease which is accompanied by a high fever may cause hearing loss in a child. She experienced this early in life. 

      Also, it would help tremendously to have a good ear specialist to diagnose issues before they get too serious. Pass this article along, maybe it will help others.  

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