When Should A Hearing
Test Be Performed?

When should a hearing test be performed?2023-11-28T14:08:26-04:00

When should a hearing test be performed?

Hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to develop communication, language, and social skills. The earlier children with hearing loss start getting services, the more likely they are to reach their full potential. If you are a parent and you suspect your child has hearing loss, trust your instincts and speak with your child’s doctor. Don’t wait!


  • Parent or caregiver concern
  • History of ear infections
  • Frequent upper respiratory infections
  • Allergies, snoring, and/or mouthbreathing
  • Delayed or disordered speech-language development
  • Speech mis-articulations
  • Developmental delay
  • Balance problems
  • Vision problems
  • Poor listening attention
  • Frequent request for repetition (e.g. “what?” or “huh?”)
  • Misinterpretation of what has been said
  • “Selective” hearing
  • Trouble hearing in noise
  • Difficulty following multi-step directions
  • Trouble with listening comprehension
  • Problems organizing thoughts for language expression (oral or written)
  • Loudness sensitivity
  • Difficulty learning to read
  • Trouble with reading comprehension
  • Concerns regarding attention skills
  • Concerns regarding learning skills
  • Concerns regarding social communication skills


  • Trouble hearing a doorbell or a telephone ringing
  • Complaints that speech sounds “muffled”; it is loud enough, just not as clear as desired
  • Frequently asking for repetition of what has been said
  • Complaints that people are mumbling when they speak
  • Preferring the volume of electronic devices louder than friends or family members
  • Great difficulty hearing in a crowded room or in background noise
  • Difficulty hearing in a large room (i.e. auditorium) or at your place of worship
  • Needing to look at someone when they are talking in order to understand
  • Missing parts of conversations
  • Responding inappropriately to questions or comments
  • Tinnitus (ringing, buzzing, crickets, static noises in the ears)
  • Balance problems
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