If my baby passes the newborn hearing screening, does it mean they will not have hearing loss later?

Some babies may develop hearing loss later in childhood. Causes of late onset or progressive hearing loss in children can include genetics, frequent ear infections, other infections like measles or meningitis, a head injury, exposure to damaging levels of loud noises, and secondhand smoke. Newborns who need an extended period of neonatal intensive care  should consider additional testing later in infancy as they may be at an increased risk for hearing loss later. 

Even if your baby passes the newborn hearing screening, you should still watch for possible signs of hearing loss as your child grows. Talk with your pediatrician if your child:

·         Doesn't startle at loud noises by 1 month or turn toward sounds by 3-4 months of age.

·         Doesn't notice you until they see you.

·         Concentrates on vibrating noises more than other types of sounds.

·         Doesn't seem to enjoy being read to.

·         Is slow to begin talking, hard to understand, or doesn't say single words such as "dada" or "mama" by 12 to 15 months of age.

·         Doesn't always respond when called, especially from another room.

·         Seems to hear some sounds but not others. (Some hearing loss affects only high-pitched sounds; some children have hearing loss in only one ear.)

·         Has trouble holding their head steady or is slow to sit or walk unsupported. (In some children with sensorineural hearing loss, the part of the inner ear that provides information about balance and movement of the head is also damaged.)

·         Wants the TV volume louder than other members of the family.

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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?