A Pass means that your baby hears within the normal speech range. Remember even infants who pass can go on to develop hearing loss. If you ever have any concerns about your child’s speech, language or hearing tell your doctor right away. Hearing testing can be done at any age.
A Did Not Pass means your baby needs further screening or testing. It is important that you follow the hospital recommendations and either return for an outpatient rescreen or make an appointment to see the Pediatric Audiologist listed on your Roadmap for Families. Do not let well meaning relatives or physicians tell you to ‘wait and see what happens’ because then it might be too late. Typically infants are rescreened within one to two weeks of hospital discharge. This allows a little time incase your baby does have fluid behind the ear drum.
If your baby was not screened, click here to get more information about where to get a screen.
There is a reason to make sure you follow the timelines of this roadmap!
Why follow the timelines?
Newborn Screening By One Month: In Colorado, more than 98% of all babies born in a hospital will receive a newborn hearing screen. This is mandated by law.
- Diagnostic Hearing Testing By Three Months: If a baby “refers” or ‘does not pass’ a hearing screen and then the re-screen, they will be referred to an Audiologist for a comprehensive hearing test. About half the babies who fail their screen will pass diagnostic evaluation. Children who have a confirmed hearing loss can then begin the process of early intervention.
- Early Intervention Services By Six Months: All 50 states offer some form of early intervention services to children birth to three years. When early identification and intervention occurs, children with hearing loss make dramatic progress, are more successful in school and become more productive members of society.
From one parent to another:
An open letter to new parents:
My baby girl never heard me tell her I loved her the first two years of her life. It wasn’t that I didn’t love her, or that I didn’t tell her every day, but rather that she had a hearing loss that went undetected for those two years, and was unable to hear any speech. There was no newborn hearing screening process in the hospital where she was born.
You may now be home from the hospital with you r new baby, up to your ears in diapers and midnight feedings, and enjoying g the new life that has joined your family. If your baby was screened for hearing loss and failed, now that you are home, your inclination may be to just let it go, and wait. Please don’t. Go back for the second screening, and if advised, on to a formal assessment with an audiologist. To have to face even the possibility of something wrong is a very difficult thing to do. But if there is something wrong with your baby’s hearing, NOW is the time to find out.
Early intervention for children with hearing loss can help to build a successful future, and ensure that their full potential will be reached. A rich and full life awaits these children, especially when given full access to language right from birth.
Please don’t delay! I know you love your new baby…make sure the message is getting across!
Proud mom of a now 19 year old daughter who is hard of hearing