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Child hearing exam

Hello all,

We moved here two months ago and my son, who is 16 months old, is not yet talking.
On one hand, it might be the multitude of language he is now exposed to (one language at home, two more new ones at the bilingual daycare). However, I would like to get his hearing checked out.

Do I need a pediatrician for this? Do the doctors do the exam themselves? Or will they send me to a different company?

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Re: Child hearing exam

Swiss health insurance covers a general health checkup at a pediatrician at 18 months where language development is one of the 'checkpoints'. They should do a simple hearing test and will recommend a specialized test if there is any reason for concern.
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Re: Child hearing exam

Same advice as above, the paediatrician can easily do the screening test. Best ti just book a checkup and ask if they can test the hearing as you think he might not be hearing well.
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Re: Child hearing exam

Not yet talking = what do you mean exactly? Not talking talking or not making any vocalisation noises, not hearing you or not yet able to quote Shakespeare?

Depending on the above, I really wouldn't worry if it is the first two or the last one, especially given your change in situation. We all develop differently.

Have you discussed this with the daycare folks? They might be able to give you a different perspective.

If you still want to get a test, then pediatrician would be your first stop. If you prefer a more formal one, then an ETN specialist who deals with pediatrics.
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Re: Child hearing exam

Thank you! In that case, I will schedule an appointment and ask for a hearing exam.
If he is not yet 18 months, will I have to pay for the additional checkup out of pocket? If so, does anyone know how much it should cost?
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Not yet talking = what do you mean exactly? Not talking talking or not making any vocalisation noises, not hearing you or not yet able to quote Shakespeare?

Depending on the above, I really wouldn't worry if it is the first two or the last one, especially given your change in situation. We all develop differently.

Have you discussed this with the daycare folks? They might be able to give you a different perspective.

If you still want to get a test, then pediatrician would be your first stop. If you prefer a more formal one, then an ETN specialist who deals with pediatrics.
Thanks very much!

When I say "not talking" I mean not saying any words at all, not even "dad", "mom", "dog", "ball", etc. He does babble, and can make "mama", "dada", "doodoo", "oooo", "ahhh" sounds. In my opinion, he hears well. He reacts to our voices and will start dancing if he hears music. If I say "sit", he will. If I tell him to go get his shoes, he mostly does. If I ask him if he's hungry, he will nod yes/no, and even walk to his high chair. He grunts and points to things he wants and if we don't understand he will pull our hands or go "uh uh uh" until we hit the target. So I honestly don't think it's a hearing problem, but I consulted our old pedi by email and she said the first thing to do is to rule out hearing issues. He might be hearing me well enough to understand what I mean, but not well enough to make out distinct consonant sounds...

I have also been talking to the day care staff about this for the past month. They are also trying to encourage him to talk bu pointing out different objects, etc.

I want to believe this is a combination of being a bit lazy (we understand his grunts and sounds well enough to give him what he wants, so he doesn't try harder to make himself understood) and the new surroundings. Maybe if we were still back home he would be talking by now. I just need to know I am doing my best by him. I know that with children early intervention is key. I don't want to wake up in 6-12 months and realize that if I had dealt with this earlier I could have saved him a lot of grief. Guess that's my mommy-guilt talking :-)
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Re: Child hearing exam

Do see a doctor to make sure everything is in order, but don't stress too much about that. Toddlers don't fillow the same development pace, and for many it's not a linear curve either. Our son didn't say a word (except mamma and pappa) until he was almost 2,5 years old. He then went directly on to proper speaking and complet sentences, no babytalk and very few funny words. It was almost a "go to bed one night with no speach, wake-up the morning after with lots of vocabulary" situation.

Our pediatrician at the time said that it was uncommon but not abnormal and gave as possible explainations the fact that we are a bilingual family and that he was very early motricity wise. According to her, some toddlers are just too busy exploring the physical world to bother with talking.

By the time he was 3 years old he was at the same level as other kids his age in one of the languages spoken in the house. By 4 years old he was at that level in both languages.

We have friends with two kids with speach problems. For them it wasn't a hearing problem, the kids just didn't feel like talking. They needed a lot of stimulation to encourage them to communicate using words, but the breakthrough came eventually.
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Re: Child hearing exam

Thanks Trollemor!

I'm hoping that's what will happen! He is hearing 3 different languages at the moment, after all.
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