High-quality hearing care for your newborn
With the Pediatrix Newborn Hearing Screen Program (NHSP), your newborn is in good hands. Our program combines experience and passion. It provides you with a dedicated team that will work to identify if your newborn is at risk for hearing loss. We work collaboratively with audiology providers and your primary care physician to provide assistance with audiology referrals and assessments when a need is identified. We have resources and want you to consider us one of yours.
Our annual presence:
900,000+ newborns screened
We have 25+ years of experience running high-quality hearing screen services and more than 7 million babies screened. Our expertise and support will guide and educate you through the screening and diagnosis process.
Why does my baby need a hearing screen?
Babies learn to talk by listening and can’t tell us if they can’t hear. Early detection of hearing loss can lead to early intervention, such as hearing aids, if needed. Early intervention, by 6 months of age, can dramatically increase the quality of life for a child with hearing loss.
Several well-respected, national committees, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing, recommend a standard timeline for screening, evaluation, and intervention.
My baby passed the hearing screen. Now what?
Concern for your baby’s hearing should not stop at birth. Hearing loss can develop months or even years later. If your baby does not meet the age-related speech/language development milestones below, talk to your baby’s doctor about another hearing screen. If you have a family history of early childhood hearing loss, we recommend another hearing screen between 3 and 6 months of age. Always consult with your baby’s doctor for specific recommendations.
- Jumps at a sudden, loud noise
- Calms down when you speak
- Turns head or moves eyes to find your voice
- Plays by making noises and sounds
- Knows familiar sounds for feeding (spoon in a dish)
- Reacts to hearing own name
- Begins to understand easy words like “no,” “bye-bye” and “night-night”
- Responds to music by cooing
- Repeats simple words and sounds you make
- Uses 2-3 words other than “ma-ma” or “da-da”
- Knows names of toys and can point to them
- Follows simple spoken directions
- Uses 10 or more real words
- Points to body parts when asked
- Enjoys being read to
- Refers to self by name
- Shows interest in sounds of radio and TV
Here’s everything you need to know. Still can’t find answer to your questions, contact us.
What is a newborn hearing screen?
What causes hearing loss in newborns?
- Genetic – Hearing loss may be passed on in families
- Environmental – Infection during pregnancy, such as cytomegalovirus (CMV), rubella or contraction of bacterial (or viral especially herpes viruses and varicella) meningitis
- Medical Interventions or Events – Including ototoxic medications, hyperbilirubinemia with exchange transfusion, asphyxia (lack of oxygen at birth), hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
- Birth Conditions – Findings including ear malformations (i.e. microtia or atresia), oral facial clefting, ear dysplasia, congenital microcephaly, and congenital or acquired hydrocephalus
- Unknown – Sometimes the cause of hearing loss is unknown
Is all hearing loss permanent?
How will my baby’s hearing be screened?
What happens if my baby does not pass in one or both ears?
- an outpatient rescreen, and/or
- a follow-up appointment with an audiologist to confirm or rule out hearing loss.
Is the hearing screen covered by my insurance?