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Newborn Hearing Screening

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The Newborn Hearing Screening Office is based on the Maternity Ward at The Royal Derby Hospital Tel 01332 786488

The Team:

The Newborn Hearing team comprises of one Local Manager, seven hearing screeners and one administrator. The Hearing Screeners work everyday from 7am – 3pm.

Newborn Hearing at the Royal Derby Hospital:

The screeners work closely with the staff on the Maternity and Labour Ward as well as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The vast majority of babies born at the Royal Derby Hospital have the screen completed whilst they are still in hospital, babies that have not had the screen completed or who are born at home are invited to an outpatients clinic also at the Royal Derby Hospital before the baby has reached 4 weeks of age.

Clinic Days and Times:

Tuesday 9.30am -12.30pm and Thursday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
All clinics are held in Children's Outpatients at the Derbyshire Children's Hospital (based at the Royal Derby Hospital)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why screen my baby’s hearing?
One to two babies in every 1000 are born with a hearing loss in one or both ears. This hearing screen will allow those babies who do have a hearing loss to be identified early. Early identification is known to be important for the development of the child. It also means that support and information can be provided to parents at an early stage.
No one in my family has a hearing loss, does my baby still need to have the hearing screen completed?
Yes. It is important to screen all babies. Most babies born with a hearing loss are born into families with no history of hearing loss.
When will the hearing screen be carried out?
The hearing screen is usually completed before you leave the maternity ward or labour ward if you are discharged early. However if the screen is not carried out then you will be asked to attend an outpatients appointment at the Derbyshire Children’s Hospital.
Will the hearing screen be painful for my baby?
No. It does not hurt and is not uncomfortable. The screening test will usually be done while your baby is asleep or settled and you can stay with your baby whilst the screen is carried out.
What does the hearing screen involve?
A trained hearing screener carries out the hearing screen. They place a small soft tipped earpiece in the outer part of your baby’s ear which sends clicking sounds down the ear. When an ear receives sound, the inner part, known as the ‘cochlea’ usually produces an echo. The screening equipment can pick up this response. This is called the Automated Otoacoustic Emission (AOAE) screen.
What if my baby needs a second hearing screen?
A lot of babies need to have a second hearing screen because the first screen didn’t show a clear response from one or both of baby’s ears. This does not necessarily mean that your baby has a hearing loss, some common reasons, other than hearing loss for having a second screen are:
  • - your baby has become very unsettled at the time of screening
  • - there may be background noise when the hearing screen was carried out
  • - your baby may have fluid or a temporary blockage in the ear after birth
When will I get the results of the hearing screen?
The results will be given to you at the time of the screening test. If you have any concerns or questions about your baby’s result you can contact the hospital where the screening test was carried out.
The NHS Newborn Hearing Screening Programme has a website that provides further information: http://www.hearing.screening.nhs.uk