Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hearing Test for Newborns

Newborn waits for a hearing test

Hearing loss is the number one birth defect in newborns. Until a short while ago, routine test for hearing weren't given to newborns at birth. This meant that a child's hearing loss could go undetected for a considerable time. Not recognizing hearing loss in a newborn meant that their language and speech development was delayed. Today, there are standard test preformed on newborns before they leave the hospital.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics "Hearing loss must be diagnosed as soon as possible, so that your child isn’t delayed in learning language—a process that begins the day she is born." The test performed on newborns at birth help to ensure that a baby's problems with hearing are detected early. The tests that are performed on newborns are based on automatic responses within the brain and ears.

Hearing Tests for Newborns

•Auditory Brainstem Response Testing—Comfortable earphones placed on the ears emitting a sound picked up by delicate equipment that measures how a child’s brain responds.
•Otoacoustic Emissions—A soft sponge earphone is placed in the ear canal to measure the presence or absence of typical “echo” responses to sound.

The video below explains hearing loss in newborns and the test performed.

Late onset or progressive childhood hearing loss can happen after the initial testing at birth, so too can noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). That is why it is essential for parents to have their children tested annually for hearing loss by a certified hearing health professional. There are a number of HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!


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