Congenital Hearing Loss

What Is Congenital Hearing Loss?

Congenital hearing loss is hearing loss that you’re born with. It might be due to a hereditary condition, an infection at birth, or something that happened during pregnancy.

Congenital hearing loss is one of the most common chronic conditions in children.

If you’ve had a baby In New Zealand, then your child will be offered a gentle newborn hearing screening within a few days of birth. Usually, it’s done before Mum and baby go home from the hospital.

According to the Ministry of Health, this test detects significant hearing loss in about 170 babies per year. Many of these have no family history or other known risk factors for hearing difficulties. The screening program helps to identify these babies early so they can benefit from early intervention to help their speech, language and social development.

newborn conductive hearing test
Newborn hearing screening for congenital hearing loss

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