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Newborn Hearing screening

In the first few weeks of your baby’s life, you will be offered a hearing screening test for your baby. The test uses quick and simple methods to check the hearing of all newborn babies.

This test can be performed prior to discharge from Hospital or you will be sent an appointment to attend a hearing screening clinic.

No one in my family has a hearing loss. Does my baby still need to have the hearing screening test?

Yes. It is important to screen all babies. Most babies born with a hearing loss are born into families with no history of hearing loss.

What does the hearing screening test involve?

A trained hearing screener carries out the hearing screening test. They place a small soft tipped earpiece in the outer part of your baby’s ear which sends clicking sounds down the ear. When an ear receives sound, the inner part, known as the ‘cochlea’ usually produces an echo. The screening equipment can pick up this response. This is called the Automated Otoacoustic Emission (AOAE) screening test. The AOAE screening test only takes a few minutes. You can stay with your baby while the screening test is done.

When will l get the results of the hearing screening test?

The results will be given to you at the time of the screening test.