Infant hearing screening services have resumed across the region, and babies born between March and July of 2020 will need an appointment.

Due to COVID-19, infant hearing screens that normally occur in hospitals before babies are discharged were stopped between March and July. Services have now resumed, and any new babies born will receive their screen.

“A hearing screen is important to identify any babies who have hearing problems. Early identification is key to help babies get the help that they need,” explained Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Northwestern Health Unit, Dr. Kit Young-Hoon.

“Hearing problems that are not treated can negatively impact speech and language development and learning. Children who are not identified early with hearing problems can also develop social, emotional, and behavioural challenges if they do not receive support.”

Any parents who think their baby may have missed their infant hearing screen are asked to call the health unit at 1-877-553-7122.

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