Chances are, you hadn’t thought much about a newborn hearing screening until now. Of all the things on your mind for delivery and the early days of a baby’s life, hearing loss is rarely on a new parent’s radar. Despite the fact that it’s actually the single most common birth anomaly. So first — if all of this is new to you — take a deep breath. You’re not alone.
Why Was Our Baby Referred for A Hearing Evaluation?Your baby has been scheduled for a hearing evaluation because they received a “refer” or fail result on their newborn hearing screening. The hearing screening discovered that there could be a hearing loss that is preventing important foundational speech and sound information from reaching your baby’s brain. Because your baby’s brain depends on having full auditory access to learn speech and language, it’s important to know the status of their hearing as soon as possible.
What Will We Learn from the Hearing Evaluation?The purpose of the follow-up hearing evaluation is to complete more precise tests, including an auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emissions (OAE), to see if there is a doorway problem and if so, to determine the specific nature and extent of your baby’s hearing loss.
Why is Early Diagnosis So Important?You need to know right away if your baby’s brain is receiving complete speech sound information because even a slight doorway blockage (hearing loss) can interfere with their listening and language brain development. The good news is that current research shows that babies who are identified and fit with hearing technology early are able to develop age-appropriate speech and language.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for the hearing evaluation or tests, including ideas for items to bring and what to expect!
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE TEST
WHAT TO DO NEXT
REMEMBERIf your child is diagnosed with hearing loss, act quickly and know that Hearing First is a resource to give you more information about how to grow your baby’s auditory brain to learn to listen, talk, sing and read. You can also find support from other families of children with hearing loss on the Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) journey in our Family Support Community.
You’re not alone!
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