After the birth of your baby, a health care provider will refer your baby to a community hearing screening site.
Your baby will be referred to Community Hearing Screening if:
- your baby is discharged from hospital or birth centre before hearing screening can take place
- your baby is born at a hospital or birth centre that does not offer hearing screening
- your baby is not born in a hospital or birth centre
A community screening site will call and offer a hearing screening appointment for your baby soon after their birth.
The results of your baby's hearing screening and any follow up needed will be shared with you.
Hearing screening is the best way to find out if your baby has hearing loss.
Hearing screening is quick, safe, and will not hurt your baby. Your baby's hearing is important for many areas of child and brain development. Hearing loss can delay your child's speech, learning and social skills.
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