Why check newborns?
Checking for hearing loss in newborns is very important. When newborns have hearing loss and the diagnosis is made early, effective intervention can help them develop a normal or nearly normal speech, language and a landmark hearing.
- Almost 3 to 6 in 1000 newborns have significant hearing impairment.
- More than 95% of newborns that are born deaf have parents with normal hearing.
- Hearing loss is invisible: it cannot be viewed by someone just by checking the ears of the newborn.
- Most newborns with hearing loss have no symptoms.