The following may indicate a potential hearing loss:
- Does not come when called.
- Watches faces/lips intently.
- Constantly asks for repetition.
- Does not always follow instructions straightaway.
- Often misunderstands or ignores instructions.
- Watches what others are doing before doing it themselves.
- Frequently seeks assistance from peers.
- Either talks too loudly or too softly.
- Appears inattentive or as though day dreaming.
- Makes little or no contribution to class discussions.
- Complains about not being able to hear.
- Tires easily.
- Becomes easily frustrated.
- Seems socially isolated and less involved in social group activities.
In addition, in England, it is possible that a child who does not meet standards in the phonics screen check at the age of 6 may be experiencing hearing difficulties.
Children with temporary hearing loss may demonstrate these behaviours intermittently.
If any member of staff is concerned that a child may have an undiagnosed hearing loss the early years setting should discuss the matter with parents and suggest that their child is taken to the GP.