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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

My Newborn Failed A Hearing Screening. What Do I Need To Know?

My Newborn Failed A Hearing Screening. What Do I Need To Know
For children born in a hospital, before they are discharged, they should receive a hearing screening. This screening is to quickly assess if all is well with your newborn’s hearing. However, if a newborn fails the hearing screening, it can leave parents at a loss for what to do next.

Here at Hearing & Balance Doctors, our doctors of audiology work with patients of all ages, and they have some insights on what steps parents need to take after their newborn fails a hearing screening.

What To Do If Your Newborn Fails Their Hearing Screening

Hearing impairment can impact a child’s ability to hit many milestones, such as developing social engagement skills, speech, and language comprehension, to name a few. These effects are part of why it is essential that if a newborn fails their hearing screening that parents move forward with more extensive diagnostic hearing evaluations.

With a diagnostic hearing evaluation, a doctor of audiology will be able to see where in the auditory system is affected, as well as determining how much hearing ability the newborn has. Depending on what part of the ear is affected, there will be different treatment options for children born with hearing loss.

Ways To Start Addressing Your Child’s Hearing Loss

For children who still have some amount of hearing—or hearing that can be recovered with surgical intervention—there are a number of interventions that can help them meet developmental milestones.

  • Use simple sign language – Often recommended even for children with intact hearing, children with hearing impairment can greatly benefit from learning simple sign language, which is sometimes called baby signs. Using simple signs can help your child develop communication skills that are not hearing-dependent.
  • Utilize hearing devices – There are a number of hearing devices that can help facilitate better hearing, from cochlear implants to hearing aids. Depending on the type of hearing loss your child has, different devices will be recommended. And yes, you can find hearing aids for children among the services offered by our doctors of audiology!
  • Work with a speech therapist – With a hearing impairment, it can be difficult for children to hear and replicate speech properly. By opting for early intervention with a speech therapist, you can help your child stay on track with their speech and language comprehension skills.
  • Pursue surgical intervention when appropriate – When a newborn’s hearing loss is connected to an issue in the outer or middle ear, often surgical intervention is one of the recommendations. Even with surgical intervention, using hearing devices is often paired with this type of treatment.

Plan For Future Audiology Care For Your Growing Child

After the initial intervention for your newborn, your child will need continued hearing health care as they grow. It is best if you coordinate with audiologists for your child’s future needs, so expect to have regular appointments to help keep your child’s hearing on track.

If you need to schedule a hearing evaluation or other hearing-related services, please contact us today to arrange your appointment. We are ready to help you achieve the best hearing possible.

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