Families

What should I do if my baby did not pass the newborn hearing screening?

Your baby needs to have a full diagnostic audiologic evaluation to determine if your baby has a hearing loss and to determine the type and degree of hearing loss. The diagnostic audiologic evaluation should take place before your baby is 3 months old. Your baby's doctor should refer your baby to a pediatric audiologist for this evaluation.

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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.

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