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Newborn Hearing Evaluation & Screening

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Why do newborns need a hearing screening?

It is important to have infant hearing screenings early in a child’s development. Studies show that early intervention with childhood hearing loss can prevent irregular development or poor language skills. When hearing evaluations are not performed at a very young age, children are at risk for developing severe educational and speech-related repercussions.

What kinds of tests are done to evaluate newborn hearing?

Two types of tests can be used to measure a newborn’s hearing ability, both which are very short and painless.

  • Automated auditory brainstem response (AABR) is a test that measures your baby’s response to noises that are sent through headphones. The baby’s hearing nerves react and are measurable to detect hearing problems.
  • Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) is a test that measures sound waves produced in the ear by a tiny probe in your baby’s ear.

How do I know if my baby has hearing loss?

Even if your child does not pass the hearing screening during infancy, it does not mean that there is definite hearing loss. Often, a second opinion proves that hearing is normal. It is important to have a second opinion from an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor, such as New York ENT, to make an accurate diagnosis and to begin a treatment plan early.

Where can my child have a hearing evaluation?

Universal screening programs have been implemented in many medical facilities across the nation, due to the frequency of hearing loss in newborns. It is one of the most common congenital abnormality, and is usually performed before you take your newborn home from the hospital. It is also offered at New York ENT for newborns and infants who show signs of hearing loss and have not undergone a screening test or parents would like a second opinion.

If you believe your baby may benefit from a hearing evaluation, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience with hearing loss diagnosis and treatment. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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