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Screening for Hearing Loss

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Screening for Hearing Loss

The purpose of screening is to find a health problem early and treat it. Hearing screening is a test to tell if someone has hearing loss. It is given to all babies because hearing plays a role in development. There are no guidelines for screening adults for hearing loss.

All babies should be screened for hearing loss from birth to by age 1 month. Babies who do not pass the screening should have a full hearing test by age 3 months.

Children who are at risk for hearing loss should have at least 1 hearing test by age 2 to 2 and a half years. Children who do not pass should have a full hearing test done right away.


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  • Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
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