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Experts and parents discuss their experiences with newborn hearing loss and treatment.
Reviewed By: Brandon Isaacson,
SOURCES: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
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Listen closely... one of these girls was born profoundly deaf... she's the one carrying the conversation.
One little seashell...
Three-year-old Ella Muse failed her newborn hearing screening in the hospital... A few weeks later she had a hearing rescreen with a pediatric audiologist.
At three-and-a-half months, we knew that Ella had profound hearing loss and the next step was hearing aids.
Ella then started in the early intervention program at the Atlanta Speech School.
It's been a miracle. It's been incredible to watch. And every now and then, it still catches me off guard that she was ever a profoundly deaf child.
Ella's success story comes out of the 1-3-6 program.
1-3-6 is that all children from birth should be screened for hearing loss by one month of age.
It's because of otoacoustic emissions that we're able to screen newborns in a quick cost efficient and time efficient manner so we can meet that goal of universal infant screening.
We're going to do the visual reinforcement audiology next.
Newborns who fail the screening should have an audiology exam by three months of age.
Most pediatricians do have proper screening equipment. And again, I want to underscore the screening.
Because really to get properly tested, you need to go to an audiologist and generally they're found either in private practice or in practice with an ENT physician.
If hearing loss is detected – the child should be referred for intervention before six months of age.
The premise behind this was that most children did not get diagnosed until they're about 3 years of age.
And a lot of these children were unable to catch up academically, emotionally, socially with their peers.
So the urgency of doing the 1-3-6 as close to birth as we can to get that child in an intervention program is essential, essential.
Aaahhhh, good listening, yeah, did you hear it?
I am helping the parents put in language into what we call receptive language, how they know that that word means something.
Sloan, did you say you wanted a turn?
I want a turn.
Ok, can you ask me nicely?
Can I have a turn?
In the Toddler Program, it's pulling it out of the child. They already know the words, a lot of words. They know the language, but we're trying to get these children to speak.
Even with universal newborn hearing screening – some children, like colin giles, are missed.
Colin failed his newborn hearing screening and then we went back two weeks later to get tested and he passed.
As he grew older...
He talked on time, but we did notice his speech – a lot of people had trouble understanding him.
What color is this Amelia? White. White, good job.
When his sister, amelia was born she failed her newborn hearing screening and was diagnosed with moderate to severe hearing loss.
Since it was genetic, Colin was retested at age four and found to have mild to moderate hearing loss:
It was harder for us to take that Colin had hearing loss because we caught him late.
I skate to the skyscraper.
Now he is getting Speech Therapy through his local school.
Hearing loss is one of the key things everybody should check for if there is any sort of learning or speech disability, and even behavioral disabilities or behavior problems, believe it or not.
Whenever there is a hearing loss, you must treat it.
With aggressive treatment, after three short years Ella Muse is being mainstreamed into a regular classroom.
Now being identified at birth, getting in to intervention so early is really changing what a deaf child looks like.
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