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Infant Hearing Parent Information

The CDC reports, 90% of infants born with hearing loss have two hearing parents. Babies who are deaf or hard of hearing can make the same sounds as babies without hearing loss. Babies are never too young to get a hearing test, early testing will allow the chance for families to get early intervention services that will help babies grow and develop to their highest level.

Remember the Rule of 1, 3, 6

Age               Steps For Testing Infant Hearing

1 Month         All infants should have their hearing screened

3 Months       Infants who fail to pass newborn hearing screenings should have an audiologic 
                      diagnosis completed

6 months       Infants with confirmed hearing loss should be entered into an early intervention program

Healthy Hearing Starts Now

If your infant did not pass the hearing screen, a follow-up test before three months of age is critical. If a hearing loss is present, there are many treatment options, when started before six months of age, that can help make sure your infant has a lifetime of healthy hearing.

Your baby's hearing is important. Call the Healthy Hearing program at the Arkansas Department of Health, 501-280-4740 for more information


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