Hearing screening is a basic yet efficient test which determines the presence of a hearing loss and/or identifies factors that may place an individual at risk for developing a hearing loss. These time effective assessments are conducted on all age groups and in various settings, such as, our hearing health care practice, hospitals, schools and industries.
Hearing screenings can be conducted via subjective and objective measures. Subjective hearing screening will require an individual to actively respond to various sounds. An individual undergoing objective hearing screening should be in a relaxed or asleep state as no active response is required.
Neonatal hearing screening:
Hearing plays a vital role in the development of communication skills, speech and language, which in turn leads to learning. Early identification of hearing loss will minimize the negative consequences on child development. The primary goal of neonatal hearing screening is to identify newborn’s who present with a hearing loss or who are at risk for developing hearing loss. In keeping with early intervention neonatal hearing screening is conducted soon after birth. Newborn’s who do not pass the hearing screening will require a comprehensive audiological assessment.