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Newborn hearing screening programme

What to expect following a referral from the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP)

The Audiologist will explain what will happen in the appointment. They will ask some questions about your baby’s general health and any responses you have noted to sounds.

The Test

  • The Audiologist may complete this assessment at your home. To get the most accurate results, the Audiologist will need to set the equipment up in a quiet room. Therefore it is not advisable to have other children in the room at the time of testing.
  • The test can take up to 2 hours and, on some occasions, additional appointments maybe required to complete testing.
  • To complete the testing your baby will need to be asleep, so if possible try and keep them awake as much as possible prior to their appointment.
  • The Audiologist will then place some sticky sensors on your baby’s forehead and behind each ear. Headphones are then placed in or over your baby’s ears and their responses to sound are recorded from the sticky sensors.
  • The test is known as the Auditory Brainstem Response (please follow link to find out more).

After the test 

  • The Audiologist will explain any results they have collected and discuss whether further appointments are required.
  • They will also be able to answer any questions you may have.

For further information follow the link Newborn Hearing Screening Programme https://www.gov.uk/guidance/newborn-hearing-screening-programme-overview



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