Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention
It is important to follow up with a hearing healthcare professional as soon as possible if your child does not pass their newborn hearing screening to either rule out hearing loss or immediately begin intervention services for your child.
The diagnostic follow-up test is called an auditory brainstem response (ABR) evaluation. An ABR looks at how well your child’s ears and the auditory pathway responds to different sounds. Your audiologist will clean the skin on your baby’s forehead and behind their ears to help the sensors adhere, place small earphones in their ears, and connect the sensors to a computer, from which the audiologist will watch for responses from your child’s hearing nerve.
To capture the most accurate information and results from an ABR, your child must be very still and quiet during the test, so it’s best if you do not let your child sleep 2 to 4 hours before the ABR evaluation so they’ll be more likely to fall asleep for the test.
Did your child fail a hearing test?
My baby failed the newborn hearing screening. Where do I begin?
Don’t delay – now is the time to act.
If a doctor referred your baby for further testing, hearing loss may or may not be present. At Texas Hearing Institute, we administer diagnostic testing that determines if there is hearing loss, and if there is, to what degree. If hearing loss is diagnosed, our team will provide you with the information you need to decide the next steps, and we will support you and your family along the way.
My baby/child was diagnosed with hearing loss.
At Texas Hearing Institute, we understand that you will have many questions after learning your child has hearing loss. Identifying it early and starting interventions are crucial to giving your child the opportunity to listen and speak. Our team cares about you and your family, and we are here to provide you with information and support throughout the entire process, because making choices about hearing aids, cochlear implants, and education can be overwhelming.
The vast majority of children with hearing loss can learn to listen and speak, and will be able to enjoy the same opportunities as their friends who hear. Peruse the testimonials of Texas Hearing Institute patients.
Texas Hearing Institute is the most comprehensive resource available in the region for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Here are some of the services Texas Hearing Institute offers to families:
- Hearing Aids
- Cochlear Implants
- Bone conductive devices
- Free communications options counseling
- Free weekly parent infant therapy
- A school dedicated to spoken language for children with hearing loss
- Tutoring program
- Before and after school care
- Free hearing screenings in Title I schools
- Free hearing loss prevention presentations
- Free loaner hearing aids
- Sedated and nonsedated ABR testing
- Lending library and toys program
- Summer camp
- Buddies at Texas Hearing teen peers program
- Leadership program for tweens and teens
- Speech therapy for children with hearing loss who have additional disabilities
- Parent support groups
- Family counseling
The Importance of Early Intervention
Long before children learn to speak, babies learn language by hearing it. Ideally, your baby should wear their hearing aids and cochlear implants all the time when they are awake. Studies have shown the most important stage of language development occurs before age 3, and early intervention results in significantly better language ability for children with hearing loss. These results are most achievable in children who have early spoken language therapy and education, which is exactly what Texas Hearing Institute offers.
Newborn Hearing Screening in Houston, TX
All of our services are provided on a sliding fee scale and we accept most insurance and Medicaid plans.