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Written by : DoctorNDTV Team
Checked by : Dr N Ananthakrishnan
Head of Department of Surgery,
JIPMER, Pondicherry

What can my newborn baby hear?

In early infancy, babies are startled by loud noises. By the time they are three months old, they merely blink. At four months, they turn towards the source of the sound. Hearing and speech go hand in hand. By three months, most babies will have limited conversations with their parents. Familiar sounds will arouse certain emotions.

As she grows older, the baby’s hearing becomes more analytical. She understands different emotions like anger and love. Sounds help a child learn to communicate. Speech will develop faster if a child is spoken to and addressed more frequently.

In case if the child is not speaking by the time she is two and a half years old, she may have to seek medical advice. Hearing problems may be responsible for this.

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