Incidence of Childhood Hearing Loss

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.

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