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CHLA first to gain newborn hearing test certification

The Division of Hearing and Speech at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has been certified as the first inpatient site to offer the California Newborn Hearing Screening Program, a statewide effort to identify infants with hearing loss and link them and their families with the appropriate support services by the time the babies are six months of age.
The designation is in response to a 1998 California bill mandating that hearing screenings be offered to all newborns and infants born in or receiving care in California Children’s Services-approved hospitals. The bill also requires that a system of assessment and follow-up be created for infants identified with hearing loss.
Research confirms that early identification of hearing loss and prompt intervention are crucial to maximize speech and language development as well as aid in social, emotional and academic growth.
The division has performed hearing tests for children in its neonatal intensive care unit for more than 20 years.
The screening procedure is painless and is performed while the baby is sleeping. Through earphones, soft sounds are introduced and the child’s response is measured.
For further information about the program, call 671-3863.

CHLA first to gain newborn hearing test certification

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