When an Is Infant Hearing Test Needed?
By Children's Ear, Nose and Throat Associates
July 21, 2017
Category: ENT Care

Infants are susceptible to many ear-related issues, including ear infections, ear aches and blockages. To minimize the chance of hearing infant hearing testloss, it’s important to schedule an infant hearing test with a CENTA audiologist and ENT at Children's Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates in Orlando, FL at the first sign of a potential problem. This test is the first step to ensuring that your baby has good ear health well into adolescence and eventually into adulthood. If you’re concerned about your infant’s hearing or just want an ear checkup, learn more about infant hearing tests.

Infant Hearing Tests
There are two types of hearing tests designed for newborns: Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR) and Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE). The first test gauges how the nerves in the ears respond to the sound of tones and clicks. For the second test, a probe is inserted to measure sound waves and echoes. They are simple and quick tests that won’t bother your child, but they will go a long way in protecting your child’s hearing.

When Is It Needed?
Newborns should receive an infant hearing test before they leave the hospital where they’re born. If the test fails, a rescreening should be done before three months to confirm the results and determine an appropriate treatment plan. Also, if you notice any abnormalities in the way an infant is responding to sounds at home, go to your CENTA audiologist and ENT for an urgent infant hearing test to check for hearing loss.

Next Steps
If a hearing issue is identified, your child’s doctor can recommend immediate treatment. Children’s Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates offers specialized treatments for hearing problems in children, including removal of fluid and foreign objects or compressed earwax. In the case of an infection, medication may be prescribed to clear it up. Hearing aids are available for babies who have been diagnosed with hearing loss. Also, take preventative measures to protect your baby’s hearing. Avoid playing loud noises or music around them. Do not use earphones to play music for a child. A baby’s tiny ears are still developing and can’t handle sounds the same way adults can. Also, avoid putting cotton swabs in an infant's ears. 

Protect Your Child’s Hearing
Hearing loss can be prevented with regular checkups. The early, the better when it comes to protecting your baby’s ear health. Schedule an infant hearing test at Children's Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates in Orlando, FL by calling (407) 253-1000 today.