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Infant-Hearing Screening Recommended by 1 Month

Friday, February 1st, 2008


Is there a new addition to your family? If so, you’ll want to hear this.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now recommends that all
infants be screened for hearing loss by 1 month of age, diagnosed with
hearing loss by 3 months and engaged in full intervention services by 6
months.

Since 2000, when the AAP’s Joint Committee on Infant Hearing first
recommended that all infants be screened for hearing loss, the number
of screened newborns increased from 38 to 95 percent. However, almost
half of the children who failed hearing-screening tests did not receive
appropriate, timely follow-up care. Intervention during the first year
of life is needed to enhance the speech and language development of
infants with hearing loss, says the AAP.

The new guidelines recommend that pediatric offices, typically a
child’s first medical home, ensure timely screening, diagnosis and
coordinated medical and educational care for infants with hearing loss,
preferably beginning at a newborn’s first office visit. Ongoing
checking for developmental milestones is suggested for each visit, and
an objective, standardized screening is recommended at ages 9 months,
18 months and between 24 and 30 months or anytime a doctor or parent is
concerned about possible hearing loss.