All babies in BC have their hearing checked soon after birth. A small number of babies are born with hearing loss which can affect their speech and language skills. Without checking, there are no obvious signs to tell early on if a baby has hearing loss.
The newborn hearing screening plays soft sounds into your baby's ears while a computer measures the ears' reactions. The test is safe and doesn't hurt your baby. It is usually done in your hospital room but, if you go home early, can also be done at a community clinic.
You will be given the results as soon as the test is done. Some babies need to have a second screening to get a clear answer. This does not mean that your baby has hearing loss.
For more information:
BC Early Hearing Program