Families

What do I do if my baby did not have a newborn hearing screening?

Your hospital will make every effort to complete the hearing screening before your baby goes home. If your baby did not have a newborn hearing screening, call your hospital to make an appointment. A nurse may call you to remind you that it is important to have the hearing screening.

If you deliver at a birth center, your baby should receive a newborn hearing screening at one of the follow-up appointments. Call the birth center to make an appointment if your baby did not have a newborn hearing screening at one of the follow-up appointments.

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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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