Hearing Developmental Milestones

Stages to look for in your child's hearing development:

Birth to 3 Months 

  • Reacts to loud sounds by blinking, moving, or crying
  • Is soothed by your voice
  • Is awakened by loud voices and sounds
  • Smiles when spoken to
  • Seems to know your voice, and quiets down if crying

4 to 6 Months

  • Looks up or turns toward a new sound or speaker's voice
  • Responds to "no" and changes in your tone of voice
  • Imitates his/her own voice
  • Enjoys rattles and other toys that make sounds
  • Begins to repeat sounds (such as "ooh", "aah", and "ba-ba")
  • Becomes scared by loud voices

7 to 10 Months

  • Responds to his/her own name, a telephone ringing, or someone's voice (even when these sounds are not loud)
  • Knows the words for common things (cup, shoe) and sayings ("bye-bye")
  • Makes babbling sounds, even when alone
  • Starts to respond to requests such as "Come here"
  • Looks at things or pictures when someone talks about them
  • Looks to the correct person when words like "mommy" or "daddy are said

11 to 15 Months

  • Plays with own voice, enjoying the sound and feel of it
  • Points to or looks at familiar objects or people when asked to do so, knows name of favorite toys
  • Imitates simple words and sounds; may use a few single words meaningfully
  • Enjoys games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake

16 to 18 Months

  • Follows simple directions, such as "Give me the ball", "go get your shoes"
  • Uses words he/she has learned often
  • Uses 2-3 word sentences to talk about and ask for things
  • Knows 10-20 words

19 to 24 Months

  • Understands simple yes/no questions ("Are you hungry?")
  • Understands simple phrases ("in the cup", "on the table")
  • Enjoys being read to
  • Points to pictures when asked
  • refers to self by name

24 to 36 months

  • at 24 months speaks with a vocabulary of about 270 words
  • Understands "not now" and "no more"
  • Chooses things by size (big, little)
  • Follows simple directions such as "Get your shoes" or "Drink your milk"
  • Understands many action words (run, jump)