Ohio law requires that all newborns have a hearing test (screening) before going home from the hospital. Hearing loss is the most common birth defect. In Ohio about 450 babies are born with hearing loss every year.
Two simple tests can be done to screen your baby's hearing:
If your baby needs another test, we will give you a list of audiologists in your area. Audiologists have had special training in hearing testing. If a hearing loss is found after further testing, there are programs to help you and your baby. These programs can help to promote and support your child's development.
Screening for hearing loss is very important. Babies use their hearing to develop speech and language skills. Hearing loss that is not detected can have a major impact on a child. It can affect the child’s language, academic, social, and emotional development.
If you are concerned about your baby's hearing, speech or language please call your doctor. Ask for a hearing test by an audiologist. Your baby's hearing can be tested at any age.
To learn more about Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) or early childhood programs, please call 1-800-755-GROW (Help Me Grow).
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