Newborn Hearing Screening
The Newborn Hearing Screening Programme identifies babies at risk of being deaf as soon as possible after birth.
Early identification of deafness enables high quality parent-child interaction for newborn babies and reduces the communication, social, emotional and educational impact of deafness.
Parents can also then make informed choices about communication and support options early in baby’s life.
Newborn hearing screening
- is co-ordinated and managed by the Community Paediatric Audiology Service.
- screens all newborn babies before discharge from hospital.
- Babies who miss or do not complete the screen in hospital or are born at home are screened in a local Community Audiology facility in each Primary Care Trust. is coordinated by a senior audiologist and led by a Consultant Community Paediatrician in Audiology.
The programme has a dedicated administrator who coordinates the community follow up for incomplete/missed screens and targeted follow up screens at 8 months of age for those babies who are at risk of developing deafness later on.
Hunslet Health Centre
24 Church Street
0113 277 3265