Newborn Hearing Test
(Hearing Test, Newborn; Newborn Hearing Assessment; Hearing Assessment, Newborn; Newborn Hearing Screening; Hearing Screening, Newborn; Newborn Audiometry; Audiometry, Newborn; Auditory Brain Stem Response Test; Otoacoustic Emissions Test)
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- 0-3 months—does not respond to loud noises or your voice
- At 12 months—does not imitate sounds or speak simple words like “mama”
Toddler age—has difficulty with:
- Listening to sound from the television
- Paying attention
- Talking with others
My Baby’s Hearing http://www.babyhearing.org
Nemours Kid's Health http://kidshealth.org
Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists http://www.speechandhearing.ca
The Hearing Foundation of Canada http://www.hearingfoundation.ca
It's important to have your baby's hearing screened. National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders website. Available at: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/pages/screened.aspx. Updated May 2011. Accessed January 21, 2015.
Hearing evaluation in children. Nemours Kid's Health website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/eyes/hear.html. Updated may 2012. Accessed January 21, 2015.
How does newborn screening testing work? My Baby’s Hearing website. Available at: http://www.babyhearing.org/hearingamplification/newbornscreening/howscreeningworks.asp. Accessed January 21, 2015.
Joint Committee on Infant Hearing. Year 2007 position statement: principles and guidelines for early hearing detection and intervention programs. Pediatrics. 2007;120(4):898-921.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/05/2014 -
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