Follow up for your baby's future.

Before you leave the hospital, it’s important to get the results from your baby’s Newborn Hearing Screening (NHS). If they didn’t pass, or the results were unclear, following up quickly can make all the difference for your baby’s hearing – and their future development.

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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.

DR. TERESA CARAWAY
CCC-SLP, LSLS CERT. AVT
CEO, HEARING FIRST

My baby didn't pass.
Now what?

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.

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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.

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Of babies

with hearing loss are born to two hearing parents, making the diagnosis unexpected.

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Key next steps.

Here’s what to do if your baby fails the NHS.

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Step One:
Rescreening

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.

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Step Two:
Diagnostic evaluations

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).

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Step Three:
Hearing devices

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.

Find out more about diagnosing hearing loss
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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.

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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.

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This site is brought to you by Hearing First. We want all children born in the United States to benefit from the availability of newborn hearing screening and for parents to learn the status of their baby's hearing first. Parents will be empowered to know the results of the NHS and to follow-up quickly when needed so their children can reach their full potential.

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