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Pediatric Age-Appropriate Hearing Milestones

Hearing problems may be suspected in children who are not responding to sounds or who are not developing their language skills appropriately. The following are some age-related guidelines that may help to decide if your child is having hearing problems. It is important to remember that not every child is the same, and children reach milestones at different ages. Consult your child's physician if you are suspicious that your child is not hearing appropriately. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and other experts list the following age-appropriate hearing milestones.


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What are the milestones related to hearing for children?

Birth to 3 months

3 to 6 months

6 to 10 months

10 to 15 months

15 to 18 months

18 to 24 months

24 to 36 months

Providers Who Treat Hearing

Departments that Treat Hearing

Hearing and Speech Center

The Hearing and Speech Center at Children's National Hospital provides expert diagnosis and care for children with audiology and communication disorders.

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