Importance of Routine Hearing Screenings Highlighted by Latest Research

Parul Bhatia, MD, is first
author on a study that shows
hearing screening tests, after
the newborn period, are
inexpensive and effective at
identifying hearing loss.

Currently, hearing screening is conducted at birth and before a child enters kindergarten. If a hearing problem is missed in the newborn or develops later, the child can have delays in speech, language, and brain development. This could also effect a child’s social skills and success in school.

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles finished a three year study, Baby Sound Check® project, that showed that:

  • It’s possible to conduct hearing screenings during routine doctor visits.
  • During the quick evaluations, it can be determined if your child may have a hearing problem that needed further testing.
  • Of the nearly 2,000 cases studied, 10 percent of kids, at least one year of age, did not pass their initial hearing screening.

Parul Bhatia, MD, General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and supervising pediatrician on this study notes,

“…newborn hearing screening has become routine in most hospitals in California and throughout the United States, but it does not address the growing problem of postnatal onset hearing loss during the decisive early developmental years.”

On your next visit to your child’s primary care doctor, consider incorporating hearing screening into your routine well-baby care. A hearing screening for your child can take about ten minutes to administer with infant hearing screening technology and trained medical staff.

To read the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles press release of this study, click here.

You can find the study on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website.

 

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