From birth, the most important way babies can learn is through hearing. A problem in hearing can affect the entire life of your baby.
Before you take your baby to home, ensure that you have completed the hearing screening as this is the right time to identify if your baby is having a problem in hearing and further start the treatment as soon as possible.
Babies hearing test is very important. The ability to hear is the support of your kid’s ability to learn, so it is necessary to identify any problems just as soon as possible. That’s why medical specialists advise that a child’s hearing should be screened before leaving the hospital. Maximum doctors do routine hearing screening for kids as part of the routine newborn baby screening. In the united state, 2 to 3 out of 1,000 babies are born with hearing loss.
When will my baby’s hearing be screened?
Make sure your baby has gone through all the tests before leaving the hospital. If an audiologist is not available at the hospital then fix an appointment to any well known available audiologist.
With the help of hearing test, it can be identified if there is any problem with hearing. There are two types of hearing test
Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) –
Our ear mainly consists of 3 parts the outer, middle and the inner part. The OAE test ensures whether the inner part of the ear working correctly by sending otoacoustic emission into the ears. The hair cells in the inner ear respond to the sound by vibration. These vibrations produce the echo back into the middle ear. If there is no blockage the sound will get back into the ear.
The auditory brainstem response (ABR)
It is a screen test in which doctors check how a hearing nerve and brain respond to sound. It is commonly done on newly born babies to assure that there is no hearing problem in a baby. In this, the electrodes are placed on the skull which monitors how brain response to sound.
What happens if my baby doesn’t pass the test?
The hearing specialist will conduct tests to determine whether your baby has a hearing problem and, if so, the type and severity of that problem.
- If any newborn kid doesn’t pass in screening test at birth then it doesn’t mean that he has a hearing problem, but it means that more tests are required.
- Kids sometimes fail the first test because they have liquid in the middle ear in the ear canal, or because the place is too noisy or they’re too feisty during the test. Many kids who fail the first test go on to pass follow-up testing.
Follow – up testing
Between 2 to 10 percent of all babies across the United States do not pass their first hearing screen.
However, Many newborn babies are not able to pass the hearing screening due to vernix in the ear canal, fluid in the middle ear, or because of movement or crying during the test.
Since few babies have a hearing loss, it becomes very important that you go through all the procedures by fixing an appointment to confirm test results.
Make sure you have completed all the tests before your baby is 3 months old.