Why is it important that newborns get screened?

Babies learn to communicate as soon as they are born. Babies may respond to noise by expressing surprise or turning their head toward the sound, but this doesn't mean they can hear all the sounds around them. The hearing screen is the only way to determine if the baby hears at levels where consonants and vowels are produced.  If the baby cannot hear these sounds then they will not be able to produce them.  Detecting hearing loss early can decrease delays in speech, language and social skill development.

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1. What is newborn hearing screening?
2. Why do some babies need another hearing test?
3. Can a newborn pass the hearing test and still have hearing loss?
4. How is a hearing screen different from an audiology evaluation?
5. Can I wait until my baby is older before I schedule follow-up testing with an audiologist?
6. Why do newborns need hearing screening?
7. Why is it important that newborns get screened?
8. How is the screening done?
9. Where can my baby get a hearing screen?
10. How do i know if my baby had a hearing screen?
11. What if I deliver my baby at home?
12. How much does it cost?
13. What if my baby does not pass the screening?
14. If my baby is identified as deaf or hard of hearing, what are the treatment and intervention options?
15. If my baby passes the newborn hearing screening, does it mean they will not have hearing loss later?
16. If my baby passes the first hearing test, why is more screening needed?
17. What is the difference between a hearing screen and a diagnostic evaluation?