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Newborn Hearing Screening

Hearing loss is a defect in the way a newborn hears. Treatment may involve the use of hearing aids or other listening devices and early intervention services.

Watch for signs of hearing loss as your baby grows. Use this list as a guide to things babies with normal hearing should be able to do for their age.

Birth - 3 Months

  • Jumps or blinks to loud sounds
  • Wakes up to loud sounds
  • Quiets or smiles when spoken to
  • Makes vowel sounds like "ohhh", "ahhh"

3 - 6 Months

  • Looks for sounds with eyes
  • Starts babbling "baba", "mama", "gaga"
  • Responds to your voice
  • Enjoys toys that make noise
  • Uses a variety sounds, squeals, and chuckles

6 - 9 Months

  • Turns head toward loud sounds
  • Responds to his or her name
  • Begins to imitate speech sounds
  • Understands "no-no" or "bye-bye'

For more information on newborn hearing screening, visit the Newborn Hearing Screening website.