When you become a parent for the first time, there are several things that can seem puzzling and unknown about your infant. One of those puzzling things is their hearing. You may be wondering if your newborn can hear like you do right when they are born or perhaps you are afraid that your infant’s hearing development is not going normally. This article will help answer some of the questions that you may have by listing some information about your baby’s hearing.
When your baby is first born in the hospital, he or she is taken away for a hearing test within the first several hours. If the test is normal, the nurse will tell you that it went ok but if it’s not, the hospital may recommend additional tests for your baby.
A baby’s hearing is much more sensitive then adults so try not to have loud noises around your newborn infant. Baby Center.com says that if you can talk over a sound, then it’s not too loud for your baby to be around.
Some noises won’t bother your infant because she heard them in the womb. For example, if you have another child who plays loudly, it might not bother your newborn because that’s a noise that she already heard while she was growing inside your tummy.
Sounds that your infant does not know that may be alarming to him/her can cause a crying spell but at three months of age, your child may just ignore the sounds and at four months, they may try to find out where the noise is coming from by turning their head.
Parents.com says that infants like hearing high frequency sounds such as a female voice because they can hear that better then a lower frequency voice. When your infant is four to six months, they’ll try to repeat sounds that they’ve heard and babble.
If you are worried that your baby isn’t hearing at a normal level, Baby Center says there are some tests that you can do to see how your baby reacts. One of them is to clap your hands behind your baby when they are younger then three months, if they jump they can hear normally. When your child is older, call their name and see if they turn towards you. Your baby may have a hearing problem if they do not respond when you speak to them, doesn’t jump at load sounds or seem to stare at your face as if trying to determine what you’re saying. If you suspect your child can’t hear at all or well, contact your doctor immediately for advice on what to do next.