Does My Newborn Need A Hearing Test?
By Children's Ear, Nose and Throat Associates
February 10, 2017
Category: ENT

While most newborns are tested before being discharged from the hospital, some may not be or may need a re-test as they age. A newborn hearing testnewborn hearing screening is used to determine whether or not a baby has hearing loss and/or needs additional testing. The process takes only a few short minutes while the baby is asleep. Your CENTA audiologists and ENTs at Children’s Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy in Orlando, FL can successfully perform newborn testing for you and your family.

Understanding Newborn Hearing Screening Test

There are many reasons why a baby may not pass a hearing screen. The baby may have been too active and didn’t sleep during the screen, or the room could have been noisy so they did not get good results. Another reason is that your newborn in fact does have hearing loss, whether permanent or temporary. Nearly 1 in 3 newborns do have some type of hearing loss, so these screenings tests are helpful with determining proper treatment. Hearing helps a baby when they learn to communicate, so having this important test will help them as they continue to develop and grow.

How a Pediatric ENT Can Help Your Baby

Pediatric ENTs are well versed in safe and effective hearing tests that can help determine whether treatment is required. The CENTA audiologists and ENTs at Children’s Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy in Orlando can treat a variety of conditions including:

  • Congenital hearing loss
  • Progressive hearing loss
  • Conductive hearing loss
  • Otitis Media (ear infection)
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Sensorineural hearing loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder

It is important to see an Orlando pediatric ENT for any of your ear, nose and throat concerns you have for your baby. They are trained at offering second opinions, medical record review and to offer other services for complex cases. They also can provide helpful resources such as speech therapy services and more.

To schedule a comprehensive appointment with our CENTA audiologists and ENTs at Children’s Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy in Orlando, FL today, call (407) 253-1000.