Early Hearing Screening
What to do if your child does not pass the hearing screening:
- Schedule a re-screen or audiological evaluation with an audiologist no later than 1 month after discharge. Does your child need a follow-up appointment?
- Contact one of our recommended audiology facilities, use EHDI PALS, or ask your child's primary care physician for a recommendation.
- See the Follow-Up Recommendations Chart below for your child, based on the results of their recent hearing test.
|Screening Result||Recommendation||When to Schedule|
|Had no hearing screen in hospital||Schedule an appointment with the hospital or an audiologist to have your baby's hearing screened||Before 1 month of age|
|Failed the hearing screen in the hospital||Schedule an appointment for a hearing rescreen or complete diagnostic evaluation by an audiologist||No later than 1 month after discharge from the hospital|
|Had only one ear screened||Schedule an appointment with an audiologist to get both ears tested||As soon as possible|
|Failed both the hearing screen and rescreen||Schedule an appointment with an audiologist to get a complete diagnostic evaluation.||As soon as possible|
|Failed the hearing screen with risk factors for a hearing loss||Schedule an appointment with an audiologist to get a complete diagnostic evaluation.||As soon as possible|
|Passed the hearing screen with risk factors for a hearing loss||Schedule an appointment with an audiologist to get a complete diagnostic evaluation||Between the ages of 12 and 24 months|
|Had inconclusive results or an incomplete diagnosis||Schedule an appointment for your child to have a complete diagnostic evaluation||As soon as possible|
|Was diagnosed with hearing loss||See the Virginia resources below for help. You will also need to talk with your baby's doctor about referrals for your baby to see an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) and for genetic counseling.|