What Happens after Failing the Newborn Hearing Screening Test Several Times?
If a newborn fails a hearing screening repeatedly, follow-up evaluations should be performed. Diagnostic tests are usually performed by audiologists or ENT doctors in the community.
The evaluation will confirm if hearing loss is present and determine the type and severity of the hearing loss. The baby may also be referred for further medical evaluations if a hearing loss is confirmed. Understanding the cause, type and severity of the hearing loss is important for defining a treatment plan. For a baby with permanent hearing loss, some intervention options include hearing aids, cochlear implants or early intervention (educational support, speech & language therapy, communication methods).