According to the Northwestern Health Unit, babies who were born from March to July this year may have missed their routine newborn hearing screen. Due to COVID-19, infant hearing screens that normally occurred in hospitals before discharge were halted. Services resumed in July and any new babies will receive their infant hearing screen as usual.
A hearing screen is important to identify any babies who have hearing problems. Early identification is key to help babies get the help that they need. Hearing problems that are not treated can negatively impact speech and language development and learning.
Children who are not identified early with hearing problems can also develop social, emotional, and behavioural challenges if they do not receive support.
Any parents who think their baby may have missed their infant hearing screen should
call NWHU at 1-877-553-7122 for more information.