Hearing and speech go
hand in hand. As a baby grows older her hearing will become more analytical.
Familiar sounds will arouse certain emotions.
babies are born their hearing is already developed. In fact the development of
inner ear is complete by the 20th week of pregnancy. You must have noticed your
baby getting stimulated in you womb when you come across a certain kind of loud
noise. So, babies can identify the sounds from the time they are born. They are
more familiar to their motherâ€™s voice when they are born as they have been
hearing it from the time of the development of their hearing capabilities in
can my newborn baby hear?
infancy, babies are startled by loud noises. By the time they are three months
old, they merely blink. At four months, they turn towards the source of the
sound. Hearing and speech go hand in hand. By three months, most
babies will have limited conversations with their parents. Familiar sounds will
arouse certain emotions.
How does a baby's hearing develop?
she grows older, the baby's hearing becomes more analytical. She understands
that different emotions like anger and love have different voice modulations.
Sounds help a child learn to communicate. Speech will develop faster if a child
is spoken to and addressed.
How can I tell if my child has a hearing
Since hearing and speech
go hand-in-hand, if your child is not speaking
by the time she is 36 months old, you may have to seek medical advice.
Deficient hearing may be responsible for a speech
problem. Hearing plays an important role in stimulating the brain
power of babies. Therefore, hearing problems may also hamper brain development
How can I take care of my babyâ€™s
You need to take right care of
your babyâ€™s ear in order to prevent hearing
problems. Here are some tips that you can follow to take right care
of your babyâ€™s ears.
Do not put cotton buds or swabs in your babyâ€™s ears for
Clean your babyâ€™s outer ears
gently by using a soft cloth after bathing her.
Do not put things like oil or
anything else in your babyâ€™s ears.
Avoid smoking in front of your
baby. Babies who are exposed to smoke are susceptible to ear
Keep your baby away from loud
Ear-problems are common in
bottle-fed babies so make sure that you avoid bottle-feeding your
Try to use other methods of
feeding like spoon feeding if breastfeeding is not possible.
Do now allow problems like cold
and cough to aggravate as it can give rise to ear infection.
If you suspect any kind of ear
infection, consult your doctor
How to stimulate the development of
Here is how you can
stimulate the development of your babyâ€™s hearing.
Play soft and pleasing music for
Get musical toys in which baby friendly music is
Talk to her and sing songs for
Read story books aloud for her.
Modulate your voice while talking
to her to boost her interest in listening.
Do not scare her by making weird
Keep the conversations going by
telling her what you are doing while doing your
to your baby will help her to grasp the speaking skills faster. You can help
her identify different sounds by pointing at them when these sounds are heard.
For example, you can point at cats mewing, dogs barking, bells ringing etc.
When your baby is tired or over-stimulated she may not respond to certain
sounds sometimes. But if your baby is not responding to any sound, you must
bring it to the notice of your doctor. Early intervention and right management
of such problems is important.
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