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Question: Is it possible for my daughter to not hear herself?


 Samsonsmom - Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:51 pm

I have a four and a half year old daughter. She started speaking at 8 mos. Her speech far exceeds those her age and her pronunciation is impeccable. However, she is *incredibly* loud. Our home is quiet, as is her preschool setting. She can hear a person whisper from quite a ways away. Even when you ask her to speak quietly, she does so only briefly and then she takes the volume back up, almost as if she can't hear herself. Is it possible that she can hear other things and people, but not her own voice?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:02 pm

User avatar Hello Samsonsmom,

From what you are describing, it sounds like your daughter does not have any problems with hearing. It would be very unlikely to be able to hear others but not herself. If she can hear whispers without difficulty then she is probably fine.

If there is concern, however, her hearing can be formally tested. Having decreased hearing could certainly cause one to talk louder and it is a relatively noninvasive test.

I suspect that she simply hasn't learned to control her volumes yet. This is very common and as she gets older she'll be more in tune with "appropriate" levels of volume. In the meantime, you can continue to gently reminder her to speak softly when needed.

Best wishes.

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