If hearing loss goes undiagnosed in the first few months of life, that child is missing out on more than just sounds. They're missing out on an important stage of brain development to create all the connections they need for speech, language, reading, and learning.
My baby didn't pass.
When a baby fails their screening, it doesn't always mean there is permanent hearing loss. But it's important to know for sure as soon as possible - ideally before your baby is three weeks old.
Out Of 1,000
babies born in the U.S. have some level of hearing loss making it one of the most common health conditions at birth.
with hearing loss are born to two hearing parents, making the diagnosis unexpected.
Key next steps.
Here's what to do if your baby fails the NHS.
Schedule another screening within the first month after birth. In some states, your baby might move directly to the next step of a comprehensive hearing evaluation instead.
If your baby doesn't pass the rescreening, they should get a comprehensive hearing evaluation with a qualified pediatric audiologist (a hearing doctor for children).
If your baby is diagnosed with hearing loss, your audiologist will recommend the appropriate hearing devices to help with teaching your baby to listen and talk.
Babies as young as 6 days old have been fitted with hearing aids so they can start hearing the voices of their loved ones. It's best to get them as soon as possible (and no later than 3 months old).
Hear this: it will be okay.
With an early diagnosis, hearing technology has made it possible for children with all types of hearing loss to listen, speak, and read in the language of their home.
To make these outcomes possible, most parents who receive the news their baby is deaf or hard of hearing choose an approach called Listening and Spoken Language or LSL to help them reach their dreams for their baby's future.
At Hearing First, we're all about creating a place to support families who want their children to listen, learn, and speak the language of their home. In everything we do, we are guided by brain science and current research that shows the excellent LSL outcomes possible for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.Explore Listening and Spoken Language