Why Test?

Why should my child have a hearing test?

Four out of every 1,000 newborns are born with some degree of hearing loss.

Hearing is a critical part of a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. Even the presence of a mild hearing loss can affect a child’s speech and language development.

Washington state requires newborns to have a hearing screening before being discharged from the hospital to detect hearing loss at birth. Those who have or are planning on giving birth at home or at a birthing center should make it their priority to have their child screened within the first three weeks of life.

Through early detection it is possible to treat a child’s hearing problems so that they can develop the same as their peers. The Doctors of Audiology at Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic recommend that your child’s hearing gets screened early and evaluated regularly in order to empower and better your child’s life.

Reasons your child might have and/or develop a hearing loss:

  • Premature birth
  • Complications during birth
  • Infections at birth such as cytomegalovirus (CMV), Rubella, and herpes simplex
  • Placement on mechanical ventilation system after birth
  • Admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia or needing ECMO therapy
  • Repeated courses of IV antibiotics or diuretics
  • Diagnosis of a syndrome such as Down, Usher, Alport or Treacher Collins
  • Family history of permanent childhood hearing loss
  • Exposure to loud sounds or noises