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How your baby's sense of hearing develops

How your baby's sense of hearing develops


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By the time she's born, your baby is already familiar with the sound of your voice. Discover how exposure to different sounds will help your child learn and develop.

Learn more about your baby's hearing.

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Sometime between 23 weeks and 27 weeks of your pregnancy, your baby started to hear. The constant beat of your heart was the clearest sound for him, but he could also hear you talking. So by the time he's born, he's already familiar with the sound of your voice and will love to listen to you coo and babble to him.

Your baby's hearing will be tested shortly after birth. Some babies with perfect hearing don't seem to notice noises around them. If your baby sleeps through the phone ringing and the dog barking, don't worry. He probably just needs his sleep.

As your baby grows, he'll use his hearing to take in huge amounts of information about the world around him. But it will take longer for him to respond to, and understand, all the things he's listening to.

At around three months, the part of your baby's brain that helps with hearing and language becomes more receptive. He may start watching your mouth intently when you speak adding information about what he can see to what he is hearing.

Every time you speak, your baby is learning about different sounds, rhythms and patterns, so talk to him as much as you can. Turn off the radio or TV, so that he can hear your voice without distractions and give him a chance to respond. He'll love it if you show him you’re interested in what he has to say.

Hearing plays a crucial role in language development but it has other roles to play too. Sound can help your child to learn about his body – attach a soft rattle to your baby's wrist or ankle to provide long moments of entertainment as she experiments with new sounds she can make herself. As he grows he'll enjoy being noisy and making an impact on the world around him. Give him a toy that rattles, clangs, beeps or plays music. He'll be equally happy pressing buttons to make tunes, or bashing away at a tambourine or mini-xylophone. It's all part of his adventures in the world of sound.


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