Birth to 3 Months
- Reacts to loud sounds
- Is soothed by your voice
- Turns head to you when you speak
- Is awakened by loud voices and sounds
- Smiles when spoken to
- Seems to know your voice, and quiets down if crying
3 to 6 Months
- Looks up or turns toward a new sound
- Responds to "no" and changes in your tone of voice
- Imitates his/her own voice
- Enjoys rattles and other toys that make sounds
- Begins to repeat sounds (such as "ooh", "aah", and "ba-ba")
- Becomes scared by loud voices
6 to 10 Months
- Responds to his/her own name, a telephone ringing, or someone's voice (even when these sounds are not loud)
- Knows the words for common things (cup, shoe) and sayings ("bye-bye")
- Makes babbling sounds, even when alone
- Starts to respond to requests such as "Come here"
- Looks at things or pictures when someone talks about them
10 to 15 Months
- Plays with own voice, enjoying the sound and feel of it
- Points to or looks at familiar objects or people when asked to do so
- Imitates simple words and sounds; may use a few single words meaningfully
- Enjoys games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake
15 to 18 Months
- Follows simple directions, such as "Give me the ball"
- Uses words he/she has learned often
- Uses 2-3 word sentences to talk about and ask for things
- Knows 10-20 words
18 to 24 Months
- Understands simple yes/no questions ("Are you hungry?")
- Understands simple phrases ("in the cup", "on the table")
- Enjoys being read to
- Points to pictures when asked
24 to 36 months
- Understands "not now" and "no more"
- Chooses things by size (big, little)
- Follows simple directions such as "Get your shoes" or "Drink your milk"
- Understands many action words (run, jump)
Talk to your doctor if you think your child has a hearing problem. The following are some common risk factors:
- Do others in your family, including brothers and sisters, have a hearing problem?
- Did the child's mother have medical problems in pregnancy or delivery (serious illness or injury, drugs or medications)?
- Was the baby born early (premature)?
- Did the baby have physical problems at birth?
- Does the child rub or pull on his/her ear(s) often?
- Has the child had scarlet fever?
- Has the child had meningitis?
- Has the child had multiple ear infections in the past year?
- Does the child have cold, allergies, and ear infections often?
For more information about hearing and hearing loss, or speech and language problems, call Idaho CareLine at 2-1-1, or write to:
Idaho Sound Beginnings
450 W. State St., 5th floor
Boise, ID 83720-0036