Selective hearing or hearing loss?

Katie - posted on 03/28/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My husband and I are baffled how my 20 month old son will learn a new word ( he can say 20+ words now -and is interested in learning new ones ) but then sometimes we can call him over and over when hes' doing something and he won't turn around to look at us in response. I know some of this has got to be typical for the toddler age - especially when they are busy doing something or on a mission to go somewhere....Im thinking it's probably just tuning out. I mentioned it to the dr a month ago, and he checked his ears, and based on how he was responding and acting towards the dr, he didn't think we needed to do a hearing test, and he suggested waiting a few months to see how his speech and such developed. We are just so up and down wondering.....one day we fully believe he can hear just fine and is selectively choosing what he wants to hear, and other times we think he should probably respond to a noise that we make. It's bizarre. Just want to know if anybody else is experiencing this with their toddler. My boy is very busy, and he gets very focused on toys/ things he's doing...it usually requires me to make sure he's really looking and listening if I want him to hear me.

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Brandis - posted on 03/28/2011

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i would definitely get a hearing test to be done just to be on the safe side and to ease your worries BUT my husband has adhd and DOES THE EXACT SAME THING....i could be sitting right next to him and say something and be completely ignored and he will not be aware at all that im speaking to him, i think it could be a boy thing. but when my husband is so focused on something that interests him because of his adhd he doesnt hear me.... my nephew is the same exact way,i dont know if his hearing has been checked though...he doesnt seem to listen to you til you yell at your loudest and he'll stop doing whatever he's doing thats usually when he's doing something wrong

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Maureen - posted on 03/28/2011

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It wouldn't hurt to get his hearing checked. It is probably nothing. I have a 2.5 year old and I wonder if he can hear me but he didn't really start speaking until after 2. If he is already saying words it is just him being focoussed. The hearing test is painless and fast so it there is a potential problem finding it early is better. Good Luck

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