New Baby Hearing Tests

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Registered: 08-04-2006
New Baby Hearing Tests
Sun, 01-21-2007 - 4:44pm
Hi Everyone!
I have never been to this board before, but I frequent the 2006 October Apple Blossom board. My DD is 2 months old, and the doctor is quite concerned with her hearing. We are awaiting tests, but now I have become obsessed with checking for responses to noise. Has anyone dealt with hearing loss in a child this young? And what does the hearing test include?
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Mon, 01-22-2007 - 9:27am

Hi Hannah and welcome.

Maria :)                

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Registered: 10-29-2003
Wed, 01-31-2007 - 1:32pm

Hello my dd is now a year!! She has a mild moderate hearing loss in both ears and wears hearing aids. First the newborn hearing screaning reffered her. she then had a abr hearing test at one month at two months they repeated the test and we were told she needed hearing aids. they recomended a sedated abr I felt she was to tiny to sedate at three months we waited and switched doctors and audoligests. dd was sedated for an abr at seven months at childrens hospital boston!! dd is doing great she is starting to talk saing one words we do recive early intervention for speach and language development.
a little bit of advice
find doctors and audoligest that you really like you will be seeing them a lot.
we have a despenting audoligest
a audoligest who does hearing test
call early intervetnion and get services started asap. even though your baby is so little language is starting to develop.
look in to a sign laugage class there are free programs out there in Masachusetts there is a family sign laugage program.

best wishes

"Don't let school get in the way of your education"

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 02-01-2007 - 7:28am

Hi Hannah & welcome.

When my son was born, (9 years ago) the newborn screenings were not mandatory in my state. We did not discover his moderate/severe hearing loss until he was almost 3 years old. We lost valuable time in developing his speech & language. Thankfully, because we worked very hard, he has developed beautiful speech and is pretty much on target for his age and grade. Obviously, the earlier a loss is detected, the better. This increases your child's ability to develop his speech at a normal rate.

Good luck and please keep us posted on the results.


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Registered: 01-26-2007
Thu, 02-01-2007 - 11:25am

Its kind of funny because my DS is 7 weeks old and has been thru the SAME exact roller coaster of your DD! They diagnosed him with mild to moderate hearing loss and will need aids BUT they want to do a ABR test on him to make sure at teh Children's Hospital in Philadelphia- which he hasn't had yet (in 2 more weeks)...I am not getting any hopes up and just will be starting early intervention/hearing aids as soon as this appt is over. I already got my hopes up 2 other times and they just were not giving us concrete results.
I am very optimistic reading yoru story about your DD and it is encouraging. Thank you for sharing!!! If you have any other advice, please let me know!

Alison :)