|If you are visiting this site for the first time, it may be because your baby has been referred for a second hearing screening test or for follow up hearing testing.
It is important to know that many babies need a repeat screening test. It does not necessarily mean your baby has a hearing loss. A newborn with normal hearing may fail the first screening due to debris in the ear canal, fluid in the middle ear or moving/crying during the test.
Follow up testing is very important. If your baby does have hearing loss, it is important to catch it early. Babies begin to develop speech and language in the earliest months of life. If families know about a baby's hearing loss, much can be done to encourage communication development.