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Treating Kids for Hearing Loss in the Chicago Suburbs


The Signs of Hearing Loss

Newborn hearing screening is mandatory in the state of Illinois. Even if a child passes newborn hearing screening, however, adults or caregivers should be alert for signs of hearing loss. This is because hearing loss may develop after a child is a newborn. In fact, almost 30% of children with a hearing loss are diagnosed some time later in life, even after passing their newborn screening.

The following is a checklist that will assist in determining whether a child has a hearing loss. Please read each item carefully, and make a note of those factors that pertain to your child:

Indicators for Hearing Loss
Newborn (birth to 28 days of age)

  • Weighed less than 3.5 pounds at birth
  • Has an unusual appearance of the face or ears
  • Was jaundiced (yellow skin) at birth and had an exchange blood transfusion
  • Was in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for more than five days
  • Received an antibiotic medication given through a needle in a vein
  • Had meningitis
  • Failed newborn hearing screening test

Infant (29 days to 2 years)

  • Received an antibiotic medication given through a needle in a vein
  • Had meningitis
  • Has a neurological disorder
  • Had a severe injury with a fracture of the ear with or without bleeding from the ear
  • Has recurring ear infections with fluid in ears for more than three months

Response to the Environment (speech and language development)
Birth to 6 months

  • Does not startle, move, cry or react in any way to unexpected loud noises
  • Does not awaken to loud noises
  • Does not freely imitate sound
  • Cannot be soothed by voice alone
  • Does not turn her/his head in the direction of a voice

6 through 12 months

  • Does not point to familiar persons or objects when asked
  • Does not babble or babbling has stopped
  • By 12 months does not understand simple phrases such as “wave by-by”, “clap hands” by listening alone

3 months through 2 years

  • Does not accurately turn in the direction of a soft voice on the first call
  • Is not alert to environmental sounds
  • Does not respond on first call
  • Does not respond to sounds or does not locate where sound is coming from
  • Does not begin to imitate and use simple words for familiar people and things around home
  • Does not sound like or use speech like other children of similar age
  • Does not listen to television at a normal volume
  • Does not show consistent growth in the understanding and the use of words
If one or more of these items pertains to your child or a child that you know, then give yourself the peace of mind and have it checked by an Audiologist.  When appropriate, his or her speech should also be evaluated by a Speech-Language Pathologist. Members of the Adventist Pediatric Audiology and Cochlear Implant Team perform hearing and speech evaluations at Adventist Paulson Pediatric Rehab.


Adventist Paulson Pediatric Rehab
222 E. Ogden AvenueHinsdale, IL 60521