(KUTV) Hearing loss is the most common birth defect here in Utah.
Every year, three out of a thousand babies are born with permanent hearing loss. That is why your baby will have a hearing test before he or she leaves the hospital.
According to the Utah Department of Health, three out of a thousand babies are born with permanent hearing loss.
Todd Hoffman is an audiologist at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. He administers hearing tests to babies about a day or two after they are born.
The test he is doing here is actually mandated by law. If the baby fails the test they will be sent to a specialist for more testing.
Research shows babies born with hearing loss can have problems with speech and language later in life.
Even if your baby passes this initial screening, it is important that they get routine hearing tests as they get older.
The Utah Department of Health has a lot of great information for parents about newborn hearing tests here: http://health.utah.gov/newbornscreening/Families/Hearing.htm
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