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My son keeps putting his hands over his ears and saying everything is too loud?

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Meid Mon 18-Aug-08 18:45:35

He's 2.5 years and has been doing this for about 3 weeks.

We are wondering if his ears were blocked (we have wondered a little about his hearing in the past) and now they've cleared and everything is just seeming to be louder.

Do you think I need to get a doctor to look at them?

Has anyone experienced this?

Many thanks. grin

pagwatch Mon 18-Aug-08 18:58:06

it is possible for children to have overly sensitive hearing.
if it persists andis bothering him then get it checked out

mashedbanana Mon 18-Aug-08 20:18:54

my dd who's 3.5 complains about things being loud.she often covers her ears i just think their sensitive to certain noises.

Turniphead1 Mon 18-Aug-08 20:26:47

My DS just a bit older than yours (2.10months) does this. He particularly hates some noises - waste disposal etc and hoover. Think it's quite natural, especially in boys apparently.

kama Mon 18-Aug-08 20:29:02

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harpomarx Mon 18-Aug-08 20:32:50

dd is 4 and hates drills, mowers, strimmers and dryers. She gets upset if the telly or radio suddenly comes on too loud. I think she was scared of the hoover about 2.5.

I don't have any worries about her but perhaps you should speak to gp/hv if it persists and is bothering him (as pagwatch said) and, indeed, if it is bothering you.

kjo Wed 20-Aug-08 14:33:50

My son has just started doing this. He is 18 months and he does it when he knows he's gonna get into trouble, or the big jets fly over our house. I think he just discovered he can control the volume. I don't think there is any reason to worry.

suzywong Wed 20-Aug-08 14:35:36

actually come to think of it ds2 did this at this age

gone right orf it now

Egg Wed 20-Aug-08 14:35:40

DS1 (also 2.5) does this sometimes. His friend who is almost same age has started doing it too. He mainly does it if someone else is shouting louder than him. So then he shouts louder.

He loves to make noise and is just asserting himself I think. The noise is fine if it is him making it hmm.

dilbertina Wed 20-Aug-08 14:39:55

Now this may seem weird but my dd had quite severe hearing loss due to glue ear for a couple of years. Funny thing was during the period when she was bad she used to get really freaked out by loud, sudden noises...no idea why, but might be worth getting hearing checked.

Oblomov Wed 20-Aug-08 14:47:27

Ds is 4.7 and he has only just started doing this. I watch with interest.

wheresthehamster Wed 20-Aug-08 14:49:08

Dd3 didn't grow out of it until she was about 8. School discos were a complete no-no and parties with any kind of music.

Oblomov Wed 20-Aug-08 14:56:00

Ds says he doesn't like it when mummy shouts sad
But he did cover his ears when a harley davidson went past, the other day, and he has done that before.

Madoldbird Wed 20-Aug-08 15:17:45

My DS (now 12)did this from about 2 onwards. He had quite bad glue ear - and even though it caused hearing loss it also caused bad pain with loud noises. Definitely worth getting checked out, IMO, even just for your peace of mind. He explained to me once he had grommets in (aged 5) what the pain was like. Before then, he didn't realise it wasn't supposed to hurt!

mamapetal Wed 20-Aug-08 15:24:59

ds(1) now 6 used to be like this. He still puts his hands over his ears everytime a motor bike goes past. He used to be really bad at around aged 3 and I did take him to the doctors to get him checked out. They found he had no problems with his ears or hearing and he has slowly grown out of it.

chunkychips Wed 20-Aug-08 23:26:46

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