How To Check Your Child’s Hearing In Two Easy Steps
Well it was actually more than that. At times when we would be riding in the minivan, he would complain that he couldn’t hear the music well when everyone else could. Other times when we would whisper to see if he could hear us the results varied. Sometimes it seemed like he could hear us while other times it seemed like he couldn’t. As a result, we decided to schedule an appointment with our doctor to test his hearing. He performed two tests to check his ability to hear regular and faint sounds.
Here’s what you do:
Find a picture that has multiple things in it and without looking at your child ask them in a normal voice if they see one of the items in the picture. For example, if it’s a picture of different colored animals ask him he could see the red dog.
This exercise tests their ability to hear your voice without reading your lips whether or not they could actually read your lips. They are solely responding to the sound of your voice.
Take a Timex watch or similar device that produces a loud enough ticking sound that can only be heard when holding the device up to your ear.
Hold it up against your child’s ear and ask him if he could hear the ticking. If he says “Yes” then hold the watch at arms distance from his ear and ask him if he could still hear it. This is necessary because it checks to see if they really heard the ticking the first time. If they tell you that they could still hear the ticking when the watch is held two feet away and you know that it’s not possible to hear it unless you have super hearing then they might not have been too truthful the first time around.
With this second step, make sure that you are using something that produces an audible sound. Check to see if you could hear the ticking yourself. I have a Fossil watch and the ticking is so faint that I really need to concentrate to hear the ticks. A watch like this might work well if you are testing your dog’s hearing but it won’t work with your child.
If you suspect there’s a problem then schedule an appointment with your pediatrician. Keep in mind that it’s possible your child just has an ear infection.
This post was submitted to the December 17 edition of the Carnival of Family Life hosted over at Adventures In Juggling.
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