Is my toddlers hearing ok?

Lucie - posted on 02/28/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )




I have 20 months old boy and i have a funny feeling he might not hear properly. So far he can say only about 4 words and is so angry and frustrated that he get tantrums all the time screaming kicking and wont let me near him. When i take him and try speak to him he turns his head away and tries to run off. I have to say same thing over and over few times for him to react. Me and my husband are different nationalities so we do speak in two languages to him. I am just not too sure now if he chooses to ignore us or if it is something to worry about as i find it really hard to handle him.. He did suffer from ear infections quite a lot too so I am not sure if that could have caused some damage.


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Natalie - posted on 03/26/2012




No harm in getting his hearing checked. I've heard so many stories of mums 'feeling bad' when they realised (a bit late) that their child didn't hear well or needed glasses. My 3.5 year old just got grommets put in his ears as he was saying things like 'say it louder mamma' and cranking up the volume on the music/dvd. A friend with a 15 month old is on the wait list for grommets as he's been waking up screaming and doesn't say any words... Even if it's just for peace of mind I would get them checked.

Anne - posted on 03/11/2012




We are a bilingual family and had the same thing happen with our son. He didn't start talking until after his 2nd birthday, I was super frustrated. But once he started, oh boy, he hasn't shut up since! ;)

I was also told by several people that it's the bilingual thing that has them delayed. He is just taking it all in now.

S. - posted on 03/04/2012




That sounds like my 17 month old now, she is a expert paddier I think it's down to her frustration not to be able to speak much I'm not worried about her hearing tho as she dose fallow directions well.My 4 year old is having her hearing checked on Tuesday as she's not hearing us well, I noticed I was always repeating my self or I would say her name over and over again and she Would be sat right next to me the doctors think it could be glue ear.

Stephanie - posted on 03/04/2012




I don't think there is anything to worry about my girl has just turned 20 months and chooses to ignore us and i also have to say things over and over. i think it the age. my girl has tantrums on many occasion and only has a few words. i have started to take her to a soft play centres and it seemed to have calmed her and she is picking up words.

Sarah - posted on 03/01/2012




You can have his hearing checked. If you are in the US you can get in contact with your local AEA program and they will do it for free. They can also evaluate his speech and if they feel he needs some speech therapy they will also provide that. You can do this now you don't have to wait until he is older. In fact it will benefit him more the earlier that you do it.

Pam - posted on 03/01/2012




my son had the same problem at 24mon. they had him tested at our childrens hospital his hearing is fine he is now three but still has troble talking he has alot of ear infections so there looking in to tubes i'm hoping this will help him. when he was two they sent us to a theripist to have him evaluated and they had us start working on sign language so he would'nt get so frustrated hope this helps you good luck

Heather - posted on 03/01/2012




He is only 20 months old! They won't evaluate him till he is closer to 3. Read to him, sing to him, keep talking to him. This can help to make him talk back to you and sing with you. Keep trying. I would also stop speaking 2 languages to him, it isn't working if he is only saying around 4 words.

Sounds like he is confused, or ignoring you? Have his ears checked just in case.

Lucie - posted on 02/28/2012




He doesnt want to be told, he will watch you and then copy himself to the T. But if i wanted to explain to him he would scream and run off. I will go and see doctor tomorrow and ask for the refer into the hospital to have his hearing checked out. Thank you

Amy - posted on 02/28/2012




I would definitely get his hearing check my 23 month old only says a few words but it's not because she can't hear. She can follow directions, and if she's looking for us and I call to her she finds me right away.

In the meantime can you teach him some signs so he doesn't get so frustrated.

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