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Universal Newborn Hearing & Intervention

Every infant born in the state of Georgia should receive a hearing screening prior to discharge from the hospital.  The Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale District works closely with the birthing hospitals to ensure that all infants receive a hearing screening prior to discharge.  For those infants who do not pass the initial hospital hearing screening, follow-up testing is available.

Limited funding is also available for audiological evaluation of infants who do not pass the initial or follow-up hearing screenings.  For those infants diagnosed with hearing loss who are in need of hearing aids, community resource information is available for funding assistance.

Things to Know

Most babies sleep through their hearing screening test.  There are two types of hearing screening test for babies:

  • Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR) – This tests the baby’s ability to hear soft sounds through small earphones.  Baby’s brainwaves are measured to find out whether the sounds are processed normally.
  • Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) – This test measures a baby’s responses to sounds directly using a small microphone and special computer.

Both tests are very safe, easy on the baby and only take a few minutes.

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