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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- Hearing screening. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website. Available at: https://www.asha.org/public/hearing/Hearing-Screening. Accessed May 11, 2022.
- Screening and diagnosis of hearing loss. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/screening.html. Accessed May 11, 2022.
- Sudden sensorineural hearing loss. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/sudden-sensorineural-hearing-loss. Accessed May 11, 2022.
- Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
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