Birth Facilities

What are the guidelines for conducting hearing screenings in the neonatal (well-baby) nursery or birth center?

  • Test the newborn no sooner than 12 hours after birth.
  • Choose a time when the infant is not being seen by other health care professionals.
  • Test when infants are quiet or sleeping; optimally, one hour following feeding.
  • To help calm a restless infant, swaddle the infant and dim the lights
  • Select a time when the infant is medically stable
  • Ensure a quiet environment for testing, away from background noise
  • Follow standard precautions for infection control (e.g. hand washing, appropriate cleansing of equipment, etc).

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The Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program of the PA Department of Health (PA DOH) works with birth facilities to ensure that all newborns receive a hearing screening no later than 1 month of age. Birth facilities report newborns who did not pass their hearing screening or did not receive a newborn hearing screening to PA DOH for follow-up. Birth facilities also report newborn hearing screening results to the baby’s primary care physician for follow-up.

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