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A hearing test is a test to check for hearing loss in one or both ears. A hearing screening is a quick and simple hearing test to see whether more in-depth tests are needed. If your child passes the screening, this means that he or she does not have hearing loss. If the results of the screening show that there could be a problem, your child may need to see a hearing specialist (pediatricaudiologist) for more detailed testing and evaluation.
Hearing loss can affect a child's ability to reach developmental milestones, including language and communication goals. Knowing early that a child has hearing problems can help the child's health care provider take steps to treat the problem. This will help the child reach his or her development goals.
Most infants get hearing screenings in the hospital before they go home after birth. Most children and adolescents get hearing screenings at school and at checkups with a health care provider. Many hearing tests are done in a room with special equipment. Some tests, such as speech testing, are done in a noisy environment to see if your child can block out background noise.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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