If my baby passes the first hearing test, why is more screening needed?

Even if your child shows no signs of hearing changes, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends they be screened again at ages 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10. Additional screenings are recommended sometime between ages 11-14, 15-17, and 18-21--or any time there is a concern. More frequent follow-up screenings may be recommended for children who have a higher risk for hearing loss. Hearing loss sometimes is gradual and hard to notice at first. Routine screenings can catch hearing changes early, when providing support and resources can have the most impact on the child's development.


Timing is everything. The soon hearing changes are identified in a baby, the more likely interventions can help her reach her full potential. Talk with your pediatrician if you have any concerns about your child's hearing.

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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?