Primary Care Physicians

If my patient did not pass his/her hearing screening, what should I do?

A baby who did not pass his/her hearing screening should be referred to a pediatric audiologist for an outpatient follow-up diagnostic evaluation that typically begins with a second hearing screening. It is important that parents understand that this does not necessarily mean their baby has a hearing loss. Information about hearing screening should be provided to parents in a professional and compassionate manner while stressing the importance of prompt and appropriate follow-up. Hearing screenings should be completed before an infant is one month of age and a full diagnostic audiologic evaluation should be completed before 3 months of age.

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The Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program of the PA Department of Health (PA DOH) works with physicians to ensure that babies receive a hearing screening no later than 1 month of age and that babies who do not pass their hearing screening receive a diagnostic evaluation by an audiologist no later than 3 months of age.

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