Balance & Hearing Development

Keeping an eye on your preemie's development can help you determine when a little help might be necessary

It’s amazing how quickly babies grow and develop! The tables below highlights some important milestones. Although the table gives an average age at which milestones are achieved it is important to realize that even babies born at term achieve these milestones at varying ages. For preemies, you should always correct for their prematurity. 

Development of Balance & Hearing

Have a look at the following information for typical development of these skills. You should talk to your pediatrician if you have any concerns about your preemie's development.

preterm infants balance and hearing development


Age Balance & Self Movement Hearing
Birth Adapts head movement to visual information Prefers complex sounds to pure tones
  • Can distinguish some sound patterns
  • Recognizes differences between almost all speech sounds
1 – 6 months As motor control improves, adjusting posture to self movement becomes more precise Organizes sound into more complex patterns, such as musical and speech phrases
  • Can identify the location of a sound more accurately
  • By 6 months, begins to screen out speech sounds not used in own language
  • Picks up others’ emotions through tone of voice
These milestones represent overall age trends. There are individual differences in the exact age at which each milestone is attained(Berk, 2008).

 

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