Becoming a mom is the greatest pleasure of life. As soon as you get to know that a little life is taking shape inside you, you start reading up on all pregnancy milestones and after the baby is born you wish to track and know about all milestones like walking and talking.
As a mother, you can’t wait to play songs for your baby and see them move to the beats in their own cute way. So, you must be wondering, when does your baby start hearing? Well, you would be surprised to know that the baby starts hearing right in your womb. The foetus develops the ability to hear in about 18 weeks of the pregnancy. Isn’t it beautiful?
The ears and the earlobes of the baby are formed around the eighth week of pregnancy. After three months, the baby starts hearing the sounds. In the third trimester, the ears of the baby are fully formed and functional when he can hear all the sounds in your vicinity like your own heartbeat, your voice, TV, music, etc. This is why most of the women play classical or spiritual music when they are pregnant. In fact as per the ancient practice of ‘Garbh Sanskar’ it is recommended that women should chant mantras and listen to good religious music since the baby can hear it.
After the baby is born, the hearing ability of the baby develops speedily. You can expect the hearing of the baby to be fully developed between 4 to 7 weeks.
As per the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, you must be aware of what to expect as your baby gets old. Such awareness will let you know when to consult a doctor. Here is the month-wise hearing development milestone, which you can observe:
All the doctors do sound screenings for the newborn babies. If the baby hasn’t responded well in his auditory screening, you can observe the reaction of the baby to sounds at regular intervals at your home. If the baby is continuously lagging behind the hearing development milestones, you may consult a doctor.
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You can actually help your baby develop his hearing ability. Here are some tips for you:
At the same time, it is also important to know that the following may disrupt the hearing ability of your baby:
Every baby has its own pace of learning and developing. You shouldn’t be too concerned if your baby is strictly not adhering to the milestones, but you must be alert to observe any abnormality so that you can seek the right medical advice on time.
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