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Hearing loss is a common condition that affects people of all ages, including infants. It is estimated that 1-3 out of every 1000 babies are born with some degree of hearing loss. As a parent, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of hearing loss in infants, as early detection and intervention can greatly improve a child’s language and communication skills. One of the most common signs of hearing loss in infants is a lack of response to sound. By the time a baby is 3 months old, they should start to turn their head or react to loud noises. If your baby does not seem to respond to their name being called, or if they do not startle at loud noises, it could be a sign of hearing loss. Another red flag is if your baby does not babble or make cooing sounds by 6 months of age. This is a key milestone in a baby’s language development, and a lack of vocalization could indicate a hearing problem. Additionally, if your baby is not able to locate the source of a sound by 9 months old, it could be a sign of hearing loss. Other signs to watch out for include delayed speech and language development, difficulty understanding simple instructions, and consistently turning up the volume of the television or other devices. If you notice any of these signs, it is important to consult with a pediatrician or a hearing specialist for further evaluation. Remember, early detection and intervention is key in managing hearing loss in infants and ensuring their healthy development.