While hearing loss in an infant is very rare, it is something to watch for. Infants whom are deaf will actually make normal baby sounds, babble and coo up until about 4 to 6 months. At around 4 to 6 months, if the baby cannot hear, then they may stop making sounds or they may just stop making new sounds. The old fashioned way we check a baby to see if they hear is to clap your hands loudly close to the baby’s head but not in direct sight of the baby (such as behind the head). The infants eyes should blink, like in a startle response. If you are concerned that your child does not hear well, then please call the office.

Beginning in 2000, all babies are screened while still in the hospital after birth for hearing problems using 2 techniques. Some normal children will fail the initial screen and will have to return later to retake the test.