Tami Mehl Audiology

Give your baby a sound beginning!

Why test newborn hearing?

Tami Neal Audiology 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.

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.

Tami Mehl Audiology 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 early as 12 hours after birth.

Our type of hearing screening

How do you test a baby’s hearing? Tami Mehl Audiology uses Oto-Acoustic Emissions (OAE) in our hearing screening. This type of special electrophysiological testing which does not require a behavioural response from the baby. During this test, a miniature earphone and microphone are placed lightly in the ear, sounds are played and the baby’s response is measured. If the baby hears normally, an echo is reflected back into the ear canal and is measured by the microphone. If a baby has fluid in the ear from after birth, an ear infection or a possible hearing loss, no echo can be measured and further testing may be required.

If you would like to get your newborn tested at Genesis Maternity Clinic, a qualified audiologist will visit you soon after your birth. The hearing test is charged for separately from the Genesis facility fees. If you miss us during your stay, please feel free to contact us.

Why must I test 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.
  • 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.

The 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. 

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