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Newborn Hearing Screening Programme

The Newborn Hearing Screening Programme identifies babies living in Leeds who are 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 and the Local Programme Manager. The service also has a team leader who is a Consultant Community Paediatrician in Audiology.

The programme offers screening to all newborn babies as soon as possible after birth. We also offer screening to babies who miss, or do not complete the screen in hospital, or are born at home, at a variety of Local Community Health Centres across the city.


Referrals will be made by your midwife, health visitor, local audiology department or family doctor.

If you have used this service in the past, and would like to provide us with feedback as part of the NHS “Friends and Family Test” (FFT) please select one of the links below:

To access and complete the FFT click here >

To access and complete the FFT Easy read version click here >

If you are a parent carer you can access and complete the FFT by click here >

The information you provide will be used to inform how better we can deliver the service.