Wednesday 21 March 2018

Hearing tests for newborns at Waterford Regional Hospital

Babies who do not have a clear response in one or both ears from the initial testing within a week of being born will be seen for a full assessment at the Regional Diagnostic Audiology Clinic in Waterford Regional Hospital.

The screening started in Cork University Maternity Hospital and will be extended to the entire HSE South region (Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford) by early next year.

Once complete, the Health Service Executive (HSE) said it will be screening over 17,000 babies per year at the six maternity hospitals in the region, including babies born outside of hospital.

However, babies born in other hospitals across the country will have to wait until the end of next year before they benefit.

About two Irish children per week are born with moderate to profound hearing loss.

You should consider seeing your GP if you notice that your baby or toddler:

•Is not startled by loud noises.

•Does not turn to the source of a sound while under four months old.

•Does not say single words by the time they are one year old.

•Notices you when they see you but not when you call their name.

•Hears some sounds but not others.

Signs to be mindful of in an older child:

•Often asks you to repeat yourself.

•Often talks very loudly.

•Often turns up the volume of the TV so that it is very loud.

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