Why should babies be screened for hearing loss?
Every year in the UK, one or two babies in every thousand are born with a level of hearing loss in one or both ears that affects their understanding and development of spoken language. About half will have severe or profound loss of hearing.
It's important to know that your baby has hearing loss as soon as possible so that you can give them the best possible chance to develop language and communication skills at the same rate as hearing children.
If your child's hearing loss goes undetected, it may slow down their social and educational development and is likely to go on to affect many areas of their progress.