Hearing from birth to kindergarten
A hearing screening test is now included in the routine assessments babies have in the first few days of life. These tests are designed to detect a permanent hearing loss in a child. A pass at birth indicates that the child has sufficient hearing for normal speech and language development.
Babies and children are highly susceptible to temporary or fluctuating hearing loss. A hearing loss during this time may have a significant impact on a child's developing language and social skills. The skills established in preschool years are the foundation for future learning at school
Current research suggests early diagnosis of a hearing loss and appropriate intervention will encourage best outcomes.