On Tuesday, May 24, our Crozet office location is partnering with Crozet Eye Care to offer free hearing and vision tests for infants ages 6-12 months. Virginia is a state that requires hearing screenings for all newborns; however, according to the American Academy of Audiology, these screenings may miss auditory neuropathy, mild hearing loss, those with cytomegalovirus (CMV) - a member of the herpes virus family that can be transferred to an infant at birth and is known to cause permanent hearing loss, and infants susceptible to diseases like otitis.
Hearing loss in infants is a hidden disability. Infants can't express themselves or alert parents that there is a problem. That's why it's important for parents to understand and look for signs of hearing loss. Some of these include:
- Not startling or awakening at loud noises (0-3 months)
- Not calming at familiar voices (0-3 months)
- Not responding (smiling, cooing) to your voice when spoken to (4-6 months)
- Not turning toward sounds (4-9 months)
- Not showing normal babbling development (4-9 months)
- Not babbling different voices (9-15 months)
- Not responding to his/her name (9-15 months)
- Not responding to changes in your tone of voice (9-15 months)
- Not repeating some sounds you make (9-15 months)
Regardless if your infant is showing signs of hearing loss, we hope that parents take advantage of our free hearing screenings next Tuesday in Crozet. The procedure is quick and painless for infants and provides peace of mind for parents. It's a win-win!
More information about infant and childhood hearing loss can be found here on our web site.