The Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program (VIHSP) screens the hearing of newborn babies in their first weeks of life.  A small number of babies are born every year with a hearing loss which can affect their developing speech and language skills, so early identification and assistance is important.  The newborn hearing screen identifies babies who need to go on to have a full hearing test at audiology.  Parents/guardians of babies, identified as requiring audiology, are fully supported through the process of diagnosis and intervention by the VIHSP Early Support Services.

The hearing screen:
  • is performed by trained hearing screeners
  • uses standard technology (Automated Auditory Brainstem Response AABR)
  • is usually completed at the mothers bedside while the baby is asleep (in hospital) or at an outpatient appointment


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