Is your child at risk for hearing loss?

If any of the following statements apply to your child, you should strongly consider a complete audiologic evaluation regardless of the status of their universal newborn hearing screen results. It is vitally important that baseline information be obtained as early as possible.

  • Family history of permanent childhood hearing loss
  • In utero infection such as cytomegalovirus (CMV), rubella toxoplasmosis, or herpes
  • Craniofacial abnormalities
  • Neonatal indicators such as jaundice that require a blood transfusion, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) associated with mechanical ventilation or conditions requiring the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Postnatal infections associated with hearing loss such as bacterial meningitis
  • Findings associated with a syndrome known to include hearing loss such as neurofibromatosis, steoporosis, and Usher’s syndrome
  • Developmental delays including speech and motor skills
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