All babies, no matter the birth location, are entitled to have a newborn hearing screening. And now they can. Without ever stepping foot into a hospital.
Why screen? Because all your hopes and dreams for your child should be realized.
Why screen? Because every little ear deserves to hear.
Did you know that hearing loss is the most common disorder present at birth that can be identified?
Nearly 12,000 babies are born each year in the United States with hearing loss.
Nine out of 10 of those infants are born to parents with normal hearing.
Half of the infants born with hearing loss have no known risk factors.
Without a routine newborn hearing screening, children born with hearing loss are often not diagnosed until about three years of age. By this time, children have missed critical speech and language developmental milestones and are typically delayed in communication. A hearing screen takes about 30 minutes; catching up can take years.
Early identification can allow children to develop speech and language at normal or near-normal rates with the proper intervention and support.
Hearing varies greatly. The human ear is sensitive to detect soft whispers to fireworks. In reality, you will not know your baby is missing soft sounds in most cases, but missing those soft sounds will be very apparent as she begins to speak...or fall behind in speaking. A little bit of vision loss doesn't mean you can't see anything, but you sure can't see WELL. Hearing works the same way.
ANY degree of hearing loss can cause a child to miss important sounds that shape their vocabulary and awareness of their environment. The brain forms language foundations based on how much it can hear. Blurry hearing = blurry speech.
Newborn hearing screenings use advanced technology to help us know if the brain is hearing soft sounds. If the brain cannot hear soft sounds, it does not hear loud sounds nearly as well, either.
Gone are the days of clapping, snapping and playing loud noisemakers to see if children respond. Why guess when you can know? Little Ears' advanced technology gives you the answers you need. Quickly. Easily. Conveniently.
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