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How Our Hearing Changes As We Grow

Read this page to learn how hearing changes.

A child's hearing changes a lot until he is 4 to 8 years old.
Your child can hear things even before he's born.
After he's born, here's how his hearing changes:

boy and baby

At birth:

  • Responds to loud noises
  • Turns to the sound of his parents' voice

3 to 6 months:

  • Can hear softer sounds
  • Can tell one sound from another
  • Still can't hear all sounds

Read these pages, too:

  • Causes of Hearing Loss
    While a child's hearing system is developing, it can be hurt by many things. Find out what they are on this page.
  • Signs of Hearing Loss
    This page tells you what to look for to see if your child can hear normally.

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