Approximately 1.4 infants per 1000 births are born with hearing loss. Early identification of hearing loss is important, as hearing is a critical part of a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development.
Newborns should have a hearing screening before being discharged from the hospital. If your baby did not have this screening, it is important to have your baby’s hearing tested by one month of age. Hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to learn through hearing.
If your child passed the newborn hearing screening, continue to watch for signs that there may be a hearing problem. Signs of hearing loss may include: delayed speech and language development; limited, poor, or no speech; frequent inattentiveness; difficulty learning; failing to respond to conversational level speech or answering inappropriately to speech; and needing TV at a higher volume. If you suspect hearing loss, contact an audiologist to have your child’s hearing evaluated.