Infant Hearing Tests Salem

  • More than 4,000 babies are born with hearing loss each year
  • Babies and young children are not able to tell you they have hearing loss and the first year of life is critical to the development of normal speech and language
  • Oregon requires ALL Newborns have hearing screening at birth

If your child is unable to do some of the examples below (based on his/her age), schedule an appointment with an audiologist for a hearing evaluation:

View VideoAn infant with normal hearing should be able to do the following:

  • Around two months of age:
    • Startles to loud sounds
    • Quiets to familiar voices
    • Makes vowel sounds like “ohhh”, “ahhh”
  • Around four months of age:
    • Looks for sound sources
    • Starts babbling
    • Makes squeals and chuckles
  • Around six months of age:
    • Turns head toward loud sounds
    • Begins to imitate speech sounds
    • Babbles sounds like “ba-ba”
  • Around nine months of age:
    • Imitates speech sounds of others
    • Understands “no-no” or “bye-bye”
    • Turns head toward soft sounds
  • Around twelve months of age:
    • Correctly uses “ma-ma” or “da-da”
    • Gives a toy when asked
    • Responds to singing or music

Hearing loss in infants is a hidden disability. It is important to pay attention to their development and get their hearing tested. Testing is available for all age levels and includes evaluation of a child’s hearing ability as well as detection of middle ear infections (common in children).