Recognition of the importance of detecting hearing loss as early as possible resulted in the introduction of the national newborn hearing screening programme (NHSP). The aim of the programme is to detect, investigate and treat hearing loss at or soon after birth in order to maximise language and communication development.
However, no hearing test is a “once and for all” test.
Hearing loss is a hidden disability that is not easy to identify. It is, therefore, important to be aware that hearing loss can develop after the newborn screen. Parents and professionals should not hesitate to request a formal hearing assessment if they are concerned. Every child with speech delay should have a formal hearing assessment.
In addition, there are other reasons why a child may require ongoing audiological monitoring. Your doctor will be able to advise you about these.