Newborn Hearing Test
Pronounced: new-born hear-ing testEn Español (Spanish Version)
A newborn hearing screening is a test done to make sure your baby does not have a problem hearing. The test is done by an audiologist, a person trained to identify and manage hearing problems. A newborn hearing test is usually done before a baby leaves the hospital after birth. If it is not done during the newborn period, it is usually done within the first month of life.
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The test is done to make sure that the baby does not have any hearing problems. Being able to hear well is important in a newborn’s life since a baby uses sound to assess his surroundings and to eventually learn how to speak.
Having a hearing test lets you and your baby’s doctor find out early whether your child has hearing problems, and if so, address the problems to help your child communicate as he gets older.
Last reviewedJune 2013by Michael Woods, MD
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