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If your baby did not pass the newborn hearing screen he or she will need additional hearing testing to determine if there is a hearing loss. Some babies who do not pass the hearing screening will have normal hearing and others will have temporary or permanent hearing loss. Diagnostic testing will determine how your baby hears.

What is the next step?

The next step is to schedule a diagnostic appointment. New Hampshire Early Detection and Intervention Program has identified diagnostic centers Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol that have specialized audiologists and the equipment needed for testing babies.

What happens during the audiology appointment?

Your baby will have a series of test that are painless. The testing equipment is sensitive to movement and noise so your baby will need to be asleep to get good results. The equipment automatically records hearing levels and does not require your baby to respond. The amount of time needed to complete the test will vary from 1 ½ -3 hours. You will be with your baby throughout the testing.

The audiologist will talk with you about the results the day of the testing. If your baby did not sleep well or testing could not be completed, an additional appointment may be needed.

How to prepare for the appointment

Your baby will need to sleep during most of the testing. It will help if your baby is hungry and tired before the appointment. To help prepare your baby consider the following:

  • Bring bottles, blanket, and diapers to keep your baby comfortable
  • Keep your baby wake before the appointment
  • Wait to feed your baby until you’re in the testing room
  • Follow instructions given by the audiologist.

To reach the Early Hearing Detection Intervention Program coordinator call (603) 848-9400 or (603) 271-1037.

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