Permanent hearing loss is the most common birth defect in the United
States. Approximately 1 out of every 300 Children in the U.S. is born
with a significant hearing loss. Most newborns in the U.S. now receive
an initial hearing screening prior to hospital discharge.
As a result, some babies may be referred to a pediatric audiologist and
fitted hearing aids by for weeks of age.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends periodic hearing
screening between virth and school-age because hearing is central
to language development, communication and learning.
By school-age, the incidence of
permanent sensorineural hearing loss triples from:
1 in every 300, to
3 in 300.