Your baby's new-born hearing screening
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In the first few weeks of life your baby will have several routine health checks. One of these checks is a free newborn hearing screen.
Why screen my baby’s hearing?
A small number of babies are born with a hearing impairment (the baby is unable to hear sounds normally). A simple hearing screen can help to identify this soon after birth.
Early identification of a hearing impairment is vital, especially for a child’s speech and language development. Also parents can be given support and information sooner.
For information about this screening test in South Australia have a look at this pamphlet about the newborn hearing screening service.
More information about this test in Australia
Pregnancy, birth and baby Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is a national Australian Government service providing support and information for expecting parents and parents of children, from birth to 5 years of age.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.