You’ve been told that your child needs to have their hearing checked. This can be a scary time especially when your baby is just a few days old. We understand how you’re feeling and rest assured we’ll promise to answer all your questions and to make sure your visit with us is as stress free as possible.
In the United States, approximately 3 of 1,000 babies are born with hearing loss.
Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) screening allows hearing testing within the first days of life. Newborn screening is simple and painless, and could make a significant difference to a child’s future. OAE screening procedures for newborns and infants do not require the baby to respond. A miniature earphone and microphone are placed in the ear, sounds are played and a response is measured. The normal ear responds with an echo that is picked up by the microphone. When a baby has a hearing loss, no echo can be measured.
Prior to the development of new technology in hearing testing, parents had to wait until their child was old enough to take a formal hearing test in order to check for hearing loss and many children were not identified with significant hearing loss until the age of two or older.
The identification and diagnostic process is closely linked with a comprehensive program of early intervention, ensuring the availability of important auditory information during the early, critical years of hearing development.
Regardless of your child’s age, there are safe, effective and accurate tests which can be used to determine how well your child hears.