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Fast Facts

  • Hearing loss is the most common congenital condition in newborns.
  • The majority of children with hearing losses are born to parents who have normal hearing.
  • In the United States, 33 babies are born every day with a hearing loss.
  • There are many different types and degrees of hearing loss.
  • Children as young as one month of age can be fitted with hearing aids.
  • Most children with hearing losses have no other disability.
  • When a child's hearing loss is diagnosed and treated early, he or she can develop language skills like a child without a hearing loss.
  • Some babies are born with normal hearing but lose their hearing when they are older.

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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