Hearing tests in newborns: Are there advantages?
Doing tests in all newborns makes it possible to diagnose and treat hearing problems sooner. This can improve language and speech development in children who have hearing problems.
Children who don’t hear well often learn to speak later than other children do. That can affect their overall ability to learn, as well as their general personal and social development. It is hoped that early treatment of hearing problems that are already present at birth (congenital hearing loss), for example using a hearing aid, could prevent consequences like this. In Germany and other countries, hearing tests are routinely carried out in all newborns to try to detect and treat hearing impairments as early as possible. These tests are simple and don’t hurt. They check whether the baby’s inner ear can receive sounds properly, and whether the sound signals are passed on to the brain properly.