Give your baby a sound beginning!
Better Balance & Hearing is about more than improving your balance or hearing. We believe that life’s remarkable sounds and the phenomenon of normal balance are a huge part of living well and living fully. This is why our practice offers friendly staff members, a warm and collaborative atmosphere and, most importantly, thorough service from our professional audiologists and support team members.
Why test newborn hearing?
A child with undetected hearing loss may not be able to develop the normal speech and language needed for learning. What’s more, children whose hearing loss is not identified until they are two or three years old may also suffer from permanently impaired speech and language skills. These can lead to learning, social and emotional difficulties.
Better Balance & Hearing believes in the early identification of hearing loss, to allow for intervention, if needed, at a young age. All babies can and should have their hearing tested before leaving the hospital after birth, or before their six week check-up with the paediatrician. Screening is available at most hospitals, as soon as 12 hours after birth.
All of Better Balance & Hearing’s audiologists are:
- Fully qualified with current clinical certificates.
- Members of the South African Association of Audiologists.
- Registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
- Committed to regular Continuing Education programmes;
- Up to date with rapidly changing technology and known for uncompromising clinical and ethical standards.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will it hurt my baby?
No. The hearing screening is quick, non-evasive and done while your baby is sleeping, with the test only taking a few minutes.
What does testing entail?
A small earphone is placed in your baby's ear and soft sounds are presented. A computer measures the response from the inner ear.
When is it best to test?
The World Health Organisation suggests every baby is tested before 1 month old. We recommend that you have baby's hearing screening done before you are discharged from the hospital, because life gets busy.
Who will test my baby?
Testing is done by a qualified Audiologist. Paediatricians, GP's, nurses and midwives are not able to do the screening themselves, as the Audiologists are trained and equipped to do neonatal screening.
What do the results mean?
- Pass - Hearing is sufficient for language development.
- Refer - (In both ears) - further testing is required.
Why must I screen my baby's hearing?
- Babies cannot tell us if they can hear, even though they may appear to respond to sounds such as door slamming.
- Any degree of hearing loss can negatively impact on your child's social, emotional and/ or academic development.
- Children who receive intervention before 6 months of age can develop skills similar to their peers.
No-one in my family has a hearing loss - does my baby still need to have a hearing screening?
Yes, it is important to screen all babies. About 2-4 babies in every thousand are born with a hearing impairment and up to 95% of those babies are born to hearing parents.