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Infant Hearing Partnership

  • Primary care providers play an important role in monitoring the health of babies and providing family support.

  • It’s important to identify your primary care provider or baby’s doctor before leaving the hospital.   

  • Newborn hearing screening results are provided to the primary care provider or doctor  within 48 hours of birth or within a few days.

  • Babies born at home can have a screening done within one month of age by a screening siteor by their primary care provider and may report results to the Infant Hearing Program.

  • Re-screening a newborn or toddler who did not pass the hospital screening is not appropriate follow-up test. Babies who did not pass the hospital hearing screening need additional testing by an audiologist which can identify type, degree and configuration of the hearing loss, this is known as a diagnostic hearing evaluation. 

  • Primary care providers play an important role in ensuring babies who have non-pass screening results are referred and receive a hearing evaluation.

  • Audiologists and otolaryngology should report results of hearing evaluations to primary care providers.

  • The Infant Hearing Program will request hearing evaluation results from primary care providers if hearing evaluations are not reported by six weeks of age.

Early Development

  • Early identification and intervention for babies and toddlers with hearing loss or deafness provides them with the support they need to fully develop their communications skills.  Social and emotional development occur naturally in babies and toddlers. Hearing loss can affect this development.

  • Approximately 5% of babies in Ohio who do not pass their newborn hearing screen are identified with a permanent hearing loss which can affect language and social functioning if intervention is not provided. 

  • Passing hearing screening at birth means that your newborn or baby does not have hearing loss at the time. It’s important to note that some babies develop hearing loss later in life or sometimes babies with hearing loss do pass the screening. 

  • Hearing loss can develop later as your baby grows.

  • Always watch your baby as he or she grows and develops. Use the language and communication milestone to monitor your baby’s development.

  • If you notice any concerns with hearing, speech, language or communication, talk to your baby’s doctor or schedule an appointment with any audiologist for a hearing check up. 

  • Primary care providers or the baby’s doctor will continue to monitor hearing and language milestones at well child appointments and other check-up’s.

  • Babies or toddlers with risk factors may need more frequent checks for late onset and/or progressive hearing loss.

Family Support Specialists:

  • Talk to parents about their baby’s hearing screening results

  • Refer to a pediatric audiologist for a hearing evaluation if appropriate

  • Provide parents with information about hearing, speech, and language milestones

  • Talk to parents about their baby’s hearing evaluation results

  • Provide parents with resources about early intervention services

  • Provide parents with information about genetic and infectious causes of hearing loss

  • Provide parents with resources on how to connect with families of children with hearing loss

  • Monitor hearing, speech, and language milestones

  • Monitor risk factors for hearing loss

  • Refer to otolaryngology and genetics if appropriate

  • Refer for ophthalmology evaluation if appropriate

 Page Updated: 9/27/2016