Families - PA Early Hearing

Does my baby's hearing need to be tested?

About 1 to 3 babies of every 1,000 babies are born with a permanent hearing loss. Because babies begin to learn speech and language during the first few months of life, it is very important that they have good hearing during this critical period of development. Learn about newborn hearing screening and next steps…

Your baby has a diagnosed hearing loss

Parents have many questions when they first learn that their child has a hearing loss. Talk to your child’s audiologist, your child’s doctor and other parents who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing (information on connecting to parents through Guide By Your Side of PA).

Learn about living with hearing loss and available support options…

Fast Facts

    • Hearing loss is the most common congenital condition in newborns.
    • The majority of children with hearing losses are born to parents who have normal hearing.
    • In the United States, 33 babies are born every day with a hearing loss.
    • There are many different types and degrees of hearing loss.
    • Children as young as one month of age can be fitted with hearing aids.
    • Most children with hearing losses have no other disability.
    • When a child’s hearing loss is diagnosed and treated early, he or she can develop language skills like a child without a hearing loss.
    • Some babies are born with normal hearing but lose their hearing when they are older.


Hearing screening test for all babies no later than 1 month of age


Diagnostic evaluation by an audiologist no later than 3 months of age if baby did not pass hearing screening test


Early intervention no later than 6 months of age if baby is diagnosed with a hearing loss