Newborn Hearing Screening
Hearing Screens Available:
By Appointment: Monday – Friday 9:30am-6pm
Drop-in Hours (no appt needed): 1st Thursday of every month from 2-4pm
Please call for appointments: 206-328-7929
All babies should have their hearing tested within the first month of life to make sure they are hearing normally. It is important to find hearing loss as soon as possible, to initiate treatment. Left undetected, hearing loss in infants can negatively impact speech and language acquisition, academic achievement, and social and emotional development. Early detection decreases negative outcomes and helps kids meet their developmental milestones.
The test is safe, painless and can be done in about 10-20 minutes. Most babies sleep through the test. An infant with a hearing loss may cry or appear to respond to sounds just like babies with normal hearing. Only a hearing test can tell if your baby has a hearing loss. If your baby does not pass the hearing test, make sure he or she is tested again as soon as possible. Most babies who need another test have normal hearing.