Masters Family Speech and Hearing Center


Since 1965, the Masters Family Speech and Hearing Center at Children's Wisconsin has helped infants, children, and adolescents and their families with a wide range of speech, language, hearing, feeding, and swallowing problems.

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Children with normal hearing generally demonstrate a number of common behaviors. If your child is not displaying these behaviors, it may be a sign of a possible hearing loss or other condition. Parents are encouraged to discuss any concerns with a pediatrician and consider requesting your child's hearing be evaluated by an audiologist. The common behaviors by age are listed below. 

Birth to 3 months

  • Startles or cries at loud noises 
  • Awakens at a loud sound 
  • Quiets to the sound of a familiar voice 
  • Smiles in response to voice 
  • Soothed by quiet soft sounds 

3 to 6 months

  • Looks toward a sound or speaker 
  • Smiles when spoken to 
  • Enjoys rattles and other toys that make sounds 
  • Becomes scared by a loud voice or noise 
  • Responds to "no" and changes in tone of voice 

6 to 9 months 

  • Responds to his or her name, a ringing telephone or someone's voice, even when it's not loud 
  • Listens to people talking 
  • Responds to "no" and changes in tone of voice 
  • Babbles and makes many different sounds 
  • Looks at things or pictures when someone talks about them 

9 to 12 months 

  • Turns or looks when his or her name is called 
  • Listens to people talking 
  • Responds to simple requests, such as "give me" and "come here"
  • Understands "bye-bye" 

12 to 18 months

  • Points to objects or familiar people by name 
  • Enjoys games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake 
  • Imitates and says two to three word sentences 
  • Knows 10 to 20 words 
  • Points to body parts when asked

School-aged child

Uncommon behaviors of school-aged children with potential hearing loss include:

  • Asks for information to be repeated or frequently says "what?"
  • Turns ear toward the speaker or the sound source
  • Has a history of chronic ear infections
  • Turns the volume up on the TV or radio
  • Teachers may report the child is misbehaving or having trouble hearing

To make an appointment, call the number below or use the "request an appointment" button to submit your request online.

(414) 607-5280

Toll-free (877) 607-5280

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