Your baby likely already had a first hearing test in the hospital. You can keep monitoring your baby’s hearing by using the checklist below. Your baby should be doing at least a few of the following:

• Startle and/or cry at loud sounds
• Smile when there are friendly voices
• Look toward sounds
• Recognize his/her parents’ voices
• Notice toys that make sounds

If you find that your baby isn’t doing these things, that doesn’t necessarily mean that something is wrong, but you should speak to your health care provider about your concerns. If there are problems, it’s important that they’re caught and treated early.

VCH Audiology offers comprehensive hearing services for children 0-19.