Developmental Stages of Hearing

The following is a list of some things a baby with normal hearing should be able to do:

Birth to 3 Months of Age:

  • Blinks or jumps when there is a sudden, loud noise
  • Quiets or smiles when spoken to
  • Makes sounds like “ohh” and “ahh”

3 to 6 Months of Age:

  • Looks for sounds with eyes
  • Starts babbling
  • Uses many sounds, squeals, and chuckles

6 to 9 Months of Age:

  • Turns head toward loud sounds
  • Understands “no-no” or “bye-bye”
  • Babbles, for example “ba-ba”, “ma-ma” and “ga-ga”

9 to 12 Months of Age:

  • Repeats simple words and sounds you make
  • Correctly uses “ma-ma” or “da-da”
  • Responds to singing or music
  • Points to favorite toys and objects when asked