Hearing Screening

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Hearing screening is a test to tell people if people might have hearing loss. Hearing screening is easy, and usually only takes a few minutes.

Who should be screened for hearing loss?

Babies:

All babies should be screened for hearing loss no later than one month of age. It is best if they are screened before leaving the hospital after birth. not all babies pass the hearing screening the first time. In such cases, usually a second screening is performed to confirm the findings.

Infant screening is very important because when hearing loss is detected late, language development is delayed, affecting a child’s ability to learn and perform in school.

Even if an infant passes hearing screening at birth, hearing loss may develop later in life. if you have any concerns about your child’s hearing, talk to your doctor and request a hearing evaluation with a certified audiologist.

Older Babies and Children:

Most preschoolers and school-aged children are screened periodically at their schools or in their doctor’s offices. Children who are at risk for acquired, progressive or delayed-onset hearing loss should have at least one hearing test by 2-2 1/2 years of age.

If a child does not pass a hearing screening, it is very important to get a full hearing test as soon as possible.

Adults:

Adults can receive screening from their doctor or at health fair. Adults should be screened at least every decade through age 50 and at 3-year intervals thereafter.

Hearing Evaluation

Anyone failing a hearing screening should be referred to a certified audiologist for a more comprehensive hearing evaluation. The follow-up evaluation should be conducted as soon as possible after the failed hearing screening and no more than 3 months later.