Pediatric Hearing Health Checklist

Identification of hearing loss in infants and children is critical since hearing is closely linked to the development of normal speech and language skills. A child is never too young to be tested. Early identification and intervention of hearing loss improves long-term language success.

In addition to standard audiometric tests, we use Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) and Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) testing.

How Does Your Child Hear?


Birth - 3 Months

  • startles to loud sounds
  • quiets or smiles when spoken to
  • seems to recognize your voice and quiets if crying

4-6 Months

  • moves eyes in direction of sounds
  • responds to changes in tone of your voice
  • notices toys that make sounds
  • pays attention to music

7 Months - 1 Year

  • turns and looks in direction of sounds
  • listens when spoken to
  • recognizes words for common items like "cup", "shoe", "juice"
  • begins to respond to requests ("come here", "want more")

1-2 Years

  • points to a few body parts when asked
  • follows simple commands and understands simple questions ("roll the ball", "kiss the baby")
  • listens to simple stories, songs and rhymes

2-3 Years

  • understands differences in meaning ("go-stop", "in-out", "big-little", "up-down")
  • follows two requests ("get the book and put it on the table")

3-4 Years

  • hears you when you call from another room
  • hears television or radio at the same loudness level as other family members
  • answers simple "who", "what", "where" and "why" questions

4-5 Years

  • pays attention to a short story and answers simple questions about it
  • hears and understands most of what is said at home and in school

If you have answered NO to the majority of items in an age range, please contact the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center 614.263.5151 or contact the Audiology department.