Understanding Newborn Hearing Screening:
The newborn hearing screening test aids in the early identification of babies who have irreversible hearing loss. This means that parents can obtain the help and advice they need straight now.
Hearing Loss in Babies:
Every 1,000 babies, 1 to 2, are born with permanent hearing loss in either one or both ears. When a baby has spent more than 48 hours in intensive care, this rises to around 1 in 100. The vast majority of these babies are from families with no history of severe hearing loss. The development of infants can be profoundly impacted by permanent hearing loss. Early detection can improve the chances that these infants will acquire communication, language, and speech abilities. Additionally, it will enable children to benefit from early interactions with their families or careers.
Your baby may exhibit the following symptoms of hearing loss:
Being unaffected by loud noises.
After he turns towards a sound at age six, not doing so.
Not using simple words like "mama" or "dada" by the time he turns one year old.
If he sees you, he turns to look at you; if you just say his name, he doesn't.
Appears to be able to hear some sounds but not others.
Causes of Hearing Loss:
Infections, such as rubella or herpes simplex virus
Low birth weight
Drug and alcohol use while pregnant
Jaundice and Rh factor problems
High blood pressure while pregnant, called preeclampsia
The baby not having enough oxygen, called anoxia
Services provided at IHS:
Managing and supervising other qualified experts who are performing screenings.
Choosing screening protocols for the NICU as well as the well-baby nursery.
Conducting hearing tests.
Training and continuous monitoring of screening personnel competencies.