All newborns in Connecticut receive a routine hearing screen to check for the possibility of a hearing loss at birth. Sometimes a baby’s hearing screening in the hospital showed that he/she needs more testing. This is not unusual; many factors can affect hearing screening, such as a blocked ear canal from wax or debris, middle ear fluid, or a possible hearing loss. In order to make certain that your baby does not have a hearing loss, additional hearing testing is needed.
Follow-up hearing testing for your baby should be completed as soon as possible, and both ears should be tested. Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions present at birth. Without newborn hearing screening, hearing loss is often not detected until a baby is 2 years old and not talking. Early identification and intervention helps prevent babies who have hearing loss from falling behind other children in speech and language development.
If your doctor has referred your baby to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Audiology Department for additional hearing testing, contact the Audiology Department at 860.545.9642 to confirm an exisiting appointment, schedule hearing testing, or ask any questions you may have.