Newborn Hearing Screening

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Newborn Hearing Screening

Hearing impairment is the most common disability at birth. Every year nearly 4,000 babies are born in the United States with hearing impairments. For children not screened for hearing loss at birth, the average age of identification is 2-1/2 to 3 years of age, well after the most critical period for language development has passed.

Many people do not realize that hearing aids and therapy are available for infants as soon as they are a few weeks old. Research shows that infants identified at birth for hearing impairment have a greater opportunity to develop within the normal range of language comprehension, verbal expression and psycho-social development, than do children identified later.

We use the MAICO MB 11 newborn hearing screening.  This is a screening device that uses fast rate auditory brainstem response (ABR) technology and a sophisticated, automatic response detection algorithm to determine the presence or absence of the ABR response to a 35 dB nHL chirp stimulus.  This is state-of-the-art technology and makes it possible to achieve faster test times than typical ABR screening devices.  The test is non-invasive and is completed within 3 minutes.  Results are available immediately.  This screening is done at approximately 24 hours of age.

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