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The newborn hearing screening test helps to identify babies who have permanent hearing loss as early as possible meaning parents can get the support and advice they need right from the start.

Permanent hearing loss can significantly affect a baby’s development and finding out early can give babies a better chance of developing language, speech, and communication skills. It also helps babies make the most of relationships with their family or carers from an early age.

Before you leave hospital after having your baby we aim to offer you a newborn hearing test for your baby. If you are discharged before being offered a screen you will be contacted by our newborn hearing screening service to arrange a suitable time and venue.

If you haven’t been offered a screening test please ask your health visitor or GP, or you can contact our newborn hearing screening service 0191 293 4090.

Monitoring your child’s hearing

If you notice changes in your child’s hearing ability or have any worries or concerns about your child’s hearing please contact your GP.