In the first few weeks of your baby’s life, they will be given a routine hearing screening test. The test uses the latest technology and can be carried out almost immediately after birth. It is completely safe and comfortable for babies.
You’ll be given a leaflet about the tests and how they work, either before or shortly after your baby is born.
After the test, you’ll be given two checklists (Reaction to Sounds and Making Sounds), which list the sounds your baby should respond to and make as they grow.
If test results show that there could be a problem with your child’s hearing, you’ll be invited to a follow-up assessment. Sometimes, a cold or other infection can temporarily affect hearing.
You can also ask for another appointment if the results show that there’s no problem but you’re still concerned about your child’s hearing. If your child doesn’t seem to hear properly at the second appointment or you’re still worried, ask for a referral to a specialist paediatrician.
If your child’s hearing problems are relatively minor, they may simply need some extra support to learn to talk. If the problems are more serious, they may need to learn other ways of communicating. The earlier hearing problems are discovered, the greater the chance that something can be done.