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How is hearing loss in children diagnosed?

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Many hospitals test newborns’ hearing before they go home. Others only test infants who are at risk for hearing problems, such as those with deafness in their families. Many states have laws that require hearing tests for all infants. Check with your pediatrician or hospital to find out if your child has had a test. If not, ask how you can get one.

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Treatment of Hearing Loss in Children." 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Communications Considerations for Parents of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children," "Your Child's Hearing Development Checklist," "Has Your Baby's Hearing Been Screened?" 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Children and Hearing Aids," "Causes of Hearing Loss in Children," "Effects of Hearing Loss on Development," "Cochlear Implants."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on June 21, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Treatment of Hearing Loss in Children." 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Communications Considerations for Parents of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children," "Your Child's Hearing Development Checklist," "Has Your Baby's Hearing Been Screened?" 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Children and Hearing Aids," "Causes of Hearing Loss in Children," "Effects of Hearing Loss on Development," "Cochlear Implants."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on June 21, 2018

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