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1 - 3 - 6 For Newborn Hearing Screening by one month Why is it important to confirm of age. hearing loss early? Diagnosis by three For every 1,000 births, two to three infants will have some degree of months of age. permanent hearing loss. Until recently, those infants were not diagnosed until Amplification selection North Carolina two to three years of age and usually in and early intervention response to the concerns of a parent Newborn Hearing when the child did not develop speech by six months of age. and language. Even though a baby's Screening Program first words are not spoken until he/she is 10-15 months old, the foundation of Newborn Hearing Screening Program speech and language begins at birth Division of Public Health Baby's Name:___________________ when a baby hears sounds and speech 1928 Mail Service Center patterns. Raleigh, NC 27699-1928 Date of Birth: __________________ Phone: 919-707-5631 or Studies have shown that early 1-866-431-7434 Results of Hearing Screening; identification, fitting of amplification Fax: 919-870-4881 and enrollment in early intervention Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Your Baby Did Not Pass programs before six months of age can Web: www.ncnewbornhearing.org Follow-up Appointment: be extremely important. The sooner a Date:________________________ hearing problem is found, the sooner Time:________________________ your baby can get the help he/she Place:________________________ needs to develop normal speech and language skills. INITIAL SCREEN RESCREEN What if my baby does not pass What if my baby doesn't pass Next Steps the initial hearing screening? the rescreening? If your child did not pass the There can be a number of reasons that rescreen, an appointment for a A baby who doesn't pass the your baby might not pass the first complete diagnostic audiological rescreening in both ears should be hearing screening---ear infections, evaluation is indicated. The person referred to an audiologist who can do fluid in the ear, a crying or active baby doing the rescreen can help you set up an in-depth test to determine if a that prevents the test from being that appointment. You have several hearing loss is present. Some babies completed accurately, or the presence options, depending on the resources in will show that they have normal hearing of hearing loss. If your baby does not your area--private audiologist, Ear, on this diagnostic test. If a hearing pass, it means that your baby should Nose and Throat specialist, or the loss is present, the test can usually tell have a rescreen within a month. Many regional Developmental Evaluation what type and how much hearing loss babies will be found to have normal Center. Sometimes insurance there is. Again, for those few babies hearing on a second screening. companies, especially HMO's, require who do have a problem, this early identification can be extremely that such a referral be made by the Next Steps helpful. The earlier a hearing problem child's primary care physician. is found, the better we can help the If your child did not pass the initial A copy of the results of the rescreen baby develop the speech, language, hearing screen, an appointment for a will be sent to the child's primary care cognitive and social skills that they rescreen is the next step and the provider and to the Division of Public need. person completing the first screen will Health Child Health Audiology help you set a follow-up appointment. Consultant for the baby's county of If an appointment for a rescreen was residence. not set before you left the initial screening or you need assistance in If an appointment for a rescreen was rescheduling an appointment, please not set before you left the initial call 1-866-431-7434. screening or you need assistance in rescheduling an appointment, please call 1-866-431-7434.
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