What are the common symptoms of hearing loss?

Symptoms may defer depending on the degree of hearing loss.

In babies, some common symptoms maybe:

  • Not turning to sound 
  • Does not startle at loud noises
  • Not babbling at 6-9 months of age and not saying single words by 12-14 months of age

In children, some common symptoms maybe:

  • Delayed speech
  • Unclear speech and poor pronunciation
  • Speaking loudly
  • Needing people to repeat their instructions
  • Turning up the volume of the TV too high

What is a hearing screen?

Universal Newborn Hearing Screen is done for all babies born in Singapore. It is a basic hearing test to identify babies with hearing loss so that intervention
can start as early as possible.

What happens if my baby “fails” this hearing screen?

When a baby fails their hearing screen, they are referred to an ENT specialist who will assess and perform more tests. Early intervention is needed to prevent further complications
such as speech delay.

What are the common causes of hearing loss?

The causes of hearing loss are myriad. A lot of congenital hearing loss is as a result of genetic causes.

Acquired hearing loss (hearing loss that results after birth) can be due to infection.

Is hearing loss reversible?

Depending on the cause of hearing loss, some conditions such as ear infections are reversible. Other causes of hearing loss such as congenital hearing loss is
rarely reversible.

What happens if my child is diagnosed with hearing loss?

If hearing loss is diagnosed, you should work closely with your doctor to ensure that the child’s development of speech, language and social skills are not affected. There may be intervention required for your child to attain their full potential.