Families

What does it mean if my baby did not pass the newborn hearing screening?

There may be several reasons why your baby did not pass the hearing screening:

  • Your baby was too active or did not sleep during the hearing screening.
  • The room was too noisy when your baby had his/her hearing screening to get good screening results.
  • Your baby has a hearing loss—either temporary or permanent.

Whatever the reason may be, if your baby did not pass the newborn hearing screening, he or she needs to have further testing. It is important to find out if your baby has a hearing loss as soon as possible so that your baby can receive assistance learning speech and language beginning the first few months of life.

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The Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program of the PA Department of Health (PA DOH) helps families by ensuring that newborns receive a hearing screening no later than 1 month of age and providing education and support. PA DOH also works to ensure that babies who do not pass their hearing screen receive a diagnostic evaluation by an audiologist no later than 3 months of age and that babies who are diagnosed with a hearing loss are enrolled in Early Intervention no later than 6 months of age.

Find out more about the Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program

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