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

37 states

500+ hospitals

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.

0-3
MONTHS

  • Jumps at a sudden, loud noise
  • Calms down when you speak

3-6
MONTHS

  • Turns head or moves eyes to find your voice
  • Plays by making noises and sounds
  • Knows familiar sounds for feeding (spoon in a dish)

6-10
MONTHS

  • Reacts to hearing own name
  • Begins to understand easy words like “no,” “bye-bye” and “night-night”
  • Responds to music by cooing

10-15
MONTHS

  • 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

15-24
MONTHS

  • 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

More questions?

Here’s everything you need to know. Still can’t find answer to your questions, contact us.

What is a newborn hearing screen?

A newborn hearing screen helps detect possible hearing loss. It should be performed prior to hospital discharge.

What causes hearing loss in newborns?

The following factors may contribute to hearing loss:
  • 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?

Some hearing loss may be temporary. Other types of hearing loss are permanent. If a baby does not pass the newborn hearing screen, follow-up testing completed by an audiologist is the only way to determine if the hearing loss is temporary or permanent. It is critically important follow-up appointments occur.

How will my baby’s hearing be screened?

A trained screener will place three small pads (sensors) attached to a computer, on your baby. An earpiece is then placed over each ear. The computer sends a series of soft sounds equivalent to a whisper into each ear. When these sounds are played, the sensors measure your baby’s hearing pathway response to the sounds and interpret if your baby's hearing pathway can detect them. A ‘pass’ or ‘refer did not pass’ result is recorded for each ear. The type of screening utilized is called automated Auditory Brainstem Response (automated ABR).

What happens if my baby does not pass in one or both ears?

If your baby does not pass the screen in one or both ears, depending on hospital/state guidelines, or your physician, they may recommend:
  • 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?

Depending on your insurance coverage, you may have some financial responsibility for the hearing screen. To verify insurance coverage, please contact your insurance carrier and refer to procedure code 92586. Let your carrier know Pediatrix Newborn Hearing Screen Program provided your baby’s hearing screen.
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