Hear We Grow

The ability to hear is the foundation of your baby's ability to learn. It’s very important to identify any hearing problems as soon as possible. Sheridan's Healthy Hearing™ newborn hearing screening program has partnered with your hospital to perform your baby's first routine hearing screen.

WHY IS THE HEARING SCREEN SO IMPORTANT?

HEARING MILESTONES – NORMAL AUDITORY DEVELOPMENT

Birth to 4 months
  • Reacts to sudden, loud sounds
  • Eyes may widen or blink
  • Arms may fling out
  • A sleepy baby may move or begin to wake
  • Soothed and comforted by your voice
3 to 6 months
  • Turns eyes and head to look for interesting sounds when name is called
  • Enjoys music and noise-making toys
  • Begins to coo and gurgle to repeat sounds
6 to 10 months
  • Localizes interesting sounds
  • Responds to own name and looks when called
  • Responds to familiar voices and sounds such as a telephone ring or a barking dog
  • Should make a different babbling sound
  • Understands simple words such as "no" and "bye-bye"

Babies begin learning through their sense of hearing even before they’re born, and the first few months of life are especially important to their development. Most infants have no hearing problems, but for those that do, early screening and intervention can make a big difference in language and social development.

  • Children learn to talk by imitating the sounds of voices around them.
  • Communicating with your baby plants the seed for strong language development.
  • The more age-appropriate sensory input a child receives, the greater the development of complex brain connections and language skills.
  • One to three out of every 1,000 newborns has some degree of hearing loss.
  • Around 95 percent of babies with hearing loss are born to hearing parents.
  • More than 95 percent of newborns in the U.S. have their hearing screened.
  • A hearing screen is a simple, non-invasive way to know if your baby can hear well, or if more testing is needed.