The purpose of this
screening program is to identify infants from the general population which
are at higher risk of having a particular condition so that a more in-depth
diagnostic assessment can be done.
Between four-six newborns per 1,000 have
some degree of sensory hearing loss.
If your baby
is born with hearing loss, it is important that you know about it as soon
Hearing Screen test is now required by law in the State of West Virginia.
most important learning will take place between birth and three years of
In the first
three years of life, the child learns how to talk, first to understand
what other people say, and then to talk himself.
language, your baby must have good hearing.
can be hereditary or caused by conditions that develop while the mother is
pregnant or after the baby is born.
can be corrected with medicine or surgery. Other losses are permanent.
The child with
a permanent loss will need special help, like hearing aids and speech and
language therapy. Those children who have hearing problems but do not get
special help may have problems learning to talk.