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Newborn Hearing Screening

Newborn Hearing Screening

The hearing screen will allow those babies who do have a hearing loss to be identified early. Early identification via the screening programme gives babies a better ‘life chance’ of developing speech and language skills and of making the most of social and emotional interaction from an early age.

Who is this service for?

This service is for newborn babies up to the age of 3 months.

How does this service work / what's involved in this service?

It is important to screen all babies, even if no-one in your family has a hearing loss. Many babies born with a hearing loss are born into families with no history of hearing loss.

The screen is normally completed in your own home. The aim of the programme is to screen all babies before the age of five weeks. Screening can be undertaken up to the age of 12 weeks but becomes increasingly difficult as the baby gets older.

The screen is easier to carry out if your baby is asleep. Don’t worry if your baby will not settle, your hearing screener will understand that it is difficult to get a young baby to sleep. To help your baby to settle during the test, try to feed your baby shortly beforehand and ensure you have the things you may need to make you and your baby comfortable and happy to hand.

How do I access this service?

Your baby will be offered the hearing screening test within the first few weeks of life by your Health Visitor. Babies who have been in neonatal intensive care for more than 48 hours are screened in the unit by specially trained hearing screeners.

In what areas is this service available?

Please phone to enquire.

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