The following risk factors have been shown to be associated with hearing loss.
1. Family history of Congenital hearing loss
2. Rubella, cytomegalovirus, toxoplasmosis during pregnancy or other perinatal infections
3. Birth asphyxia as defined by an Apgar score of less than 4 at five minutes of age
4. Birth weight below 1500g.
5. Exchange transfusion or serum bilirubin level greater than 350 umol/l.
6. Congenital abnormalities of the head or neck
7. Parental concern
8. Baby admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and did not have a hearing screen
9. Baby admitted to Special Care Nursery (SCN) for more than two days and did not have a hearing screen
10. Later risk factors include Meningitis and developmental delay
If you suspect that your baby or child has a hearing loss, speak to your doctor or your Maternal and Child Health Nurse. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact the EEP.