Key points about infant hearing

  • Infants of any age can have their hearing assessed.
  • If an infant fails two hearing screenings, schedule with an audiologist for a diagnostic evaluation. Don’t wait to confirm a possible hearing loss.
  • The audiologist ia a key player-a professional who can help to make auditory access to the brain possible.
  • Through the use of cochlear implants and early amplification, children’s auditory brain centers can be accessed, stimulated and developed regardless of the degree of hearing loss that may exist.
  • Parents should participate in all hearing tests sessions so that the parents can become partners in intervention planning from the beginning. It is important for audiologists to know how the infant responds in real-world situations.

Adapted from: Children with Hearing Loss, Elizabeth B. Cole and Carol Flexer, 2007.