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Hearing surveillance following newborn hearing tests

The newborn hearing screen is a screening test to identify babies with significant levels of hearing loss. Some babies may pass this test and still have milder levels of hearing loss, or a hearing loss only that affects some frequencies of sound.

Your baby is being referred to hearing services at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for hearing surveillance because they are at an increased risk of having or developing a hearing loss. The screening team will tell you why this may be.

What happens next?

You will be sent an appointment when your baby is 8 months old. This is usually when babies are able to sit unsupported and are able to turn towards sounds.

What will happen at the appointment?

Appointments usually last about 20 to 30 minutes. We will test your baby’s hearing and talk about the results with you.

What follow up will there be after this appointment?

This depends on the results of your baby’s hearing test and any risk factors for hearing loss.

If your baby has normal hearing at their appointment we may be able to discharge them from follow up. Some children have an increased risk of a hearing loss developing and we may need to agree a long term plan for reviewing hearing even if hearing is normal.

What if I become worried about my baby’s hearing before this appointment?

We would advise that you contact us using the telephone numbers given and we will arrange an earlier appointment to assess your baby’s hearing.

Where are Hearing Services based?

Hearing Services are based at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Western Bank, S10 2TH. You can find us on Floor C, near the Green stairs or lifts.

Contact us

If you would like any more information before your appointment please us to talk about your questions and concerns.

Hearing Services reception

Telephone: 0114 271 7450 and ask for a member of the senior team.

More information about hearing is available from the National Deaf Children’s Society:
Telephone: 0808 800 8880

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: AUD19

Resource Type: Article

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