How do your newborn’s ears work? An early hearing test is a must – Consumer Health News


WEDNESDAY January 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) – When you have a baby, it seems like you visit the doctor all the time to check the weight and length and to get the necessary vaccines. But are you also aware of the guidelines for hearing checks for your little one?

Tracking them is extremely important for its development, especially if a problem is detected. Hearing loss is the most common congenital disease in the United States, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

For every 1,000 infants born, three have moderate, severe or profound hearing loss, which can lead to delayed development of language, learning and speech.

That is why clear guidelines have been established to identify and help overcome hearing problems. Babies are supposed to have a hearing screening before they are 1 month old. Any hearing loss should be diagnosed before 3 months, and it is best that the necessary intervention for any hearing loss occurs before your baby is 6 months old.

These guidelines have been shown to have benefits, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wanted to know how often they are followed and their impact on language development. So the researchers studied children aged 8 months to just over 3 years old, all of whom had hearing loss diagnosed in infancy.

Children who did not receive care as indicated in the guidelines had language skills well below normal for their age. On the other hand, babies who received the suggested care had a significantly higher vocabulary score than those who were treated later.

Overcoming hearing problems takes a team effort. Specialized hearing tests should be performed by a qualified pediatric audiologist. Ask your pediatrician for more information.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has more information on detecting hearing early and what steps parents should take.


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