Families

Why does a pediatric audiologist need to test my baby’s hearing?

There are safe, accurate and effective ways to determine how well a child hears at any age. A pediatric audiologist is specially trained and has the proper equipment to provide developmentally appropriate test techniques for infants and children to determine the type and degree of hearing loss.

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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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