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Infant Hearing Screening

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The Ontario Infant Hearing Program provides hearing screening for all newborns in hospital or in community settings. ErinoakKids is the lead agency for the Infant Hearing Program in Halton, Peel, Waterloo, Guelph-Wellington and Dufferin regions. Hearing screenings are provided for infants under the age of 2 months with the goal of identifying permanent hearing loss as early as possible. Early detection and intervention is critical for a child’s language development. here is no charge for screenings.This service is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

Why do we screen babies for hearing loss?
Two out of 1,000 babies have hearing loss at birth. Two more develop hearing loss by the age of five. These children may hear some sounds but miss others, making it harder to learn speech and language. This can lead to academic, behavioural and emotional challenges. It is important to detect hearing loss as early as possible.  It is not possible for parents or most doctors to test a baby’s hearing accurately as this requires special training and equipment.

How is my baby’s hearing screened?
Hearing screening identifies infants who should have more detailed testing for hearing loss as early as possible. The technology used for the hearing screen is safe and will not hurt your baby. The tests are reliable, quick and give results right away. They measure the ear’s or brain’s response to soft sounds played in your baby’s ear and, if needed, may use small stickers placed on your baby’s head. 

 

A community hearing screening appointment should be scheduled for your baby if:
  • Baby is between 0 – 2 months of age
  • Baby did not receive a hearing screening at birth
  • Infant hearing screening done in hospital indicated the baby should be referred
  • Permanent resident of the province of Ontario
  • Live in Dufferin, Guelph-Wellington, Halton, Peel or Waterloo region

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