100’s of babies born at MUHC have benefited from Recently Launched Newborn Hearing Screening Program
The MUHC Newborn Hearing Screening Program was started in March in partnership with The Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH). Babies who do not pass the screening test are referred to the MCH for diagnostic evaluations, counseling and rehabilitation until each child with a hearing loss is followed in a rehabilitative setting in the community.
“It is absolutely wonderful, I was thrilled to know my new baby girl would automatically have her hearing tested,” says Ms. Jocelyn Hubbard, who recently gave birth to her second child at The Royal Victoria Hospital. “My older child, Anysley, was born with a profound hearing loss in one ear. We only realized she had a hearing problem when she was 16-months old. As a result, her speech and language skills were delayed. So, it is absolutely wonderful to know every newborn will have his or her hearing tested.”
“No matter how well a baby seems to hear, a hearing screening test is warranted. The earlier hearing loss is identified, the earlier intervention can be offered,” says Janet Mackay, the audiologist who oversees the program at the RVH.
“Newborn hearing screening is essential. A simple, inexpensive test is able to detect hearing problems in newborns. This allows us to treat these children early enabling them to reach their full potential,” says Louise Miller, Clinical Coordinator of the Audiology Department at the MCH.
When an infant’s hearing loss is detected late, the hearing impairment could lead not only to an inability to communicate using speech, but could also lead to developmental delays that will impact on the child's ability to learn and to become a productive citizen.
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