Spokane ENT provides diagnostic newborn testing for the Washington State Early Hearing Loss Detection, Diagnosis, and Intervention (EHDDI) program.

All children who fail the newborn screening or who are at risk for developing hearing loss should have a diagnostic hearing evaluation.

Newborn Hearing Test Instructions (PDF)

Diagnostic Tests We Provide:

  • ABR/BAER (Auditory Brainstem Response)
  • OAE (Otoacoustic Emissions)
  • Impedance (Tympanometry and Acoustic Reflexes)
  • ASSR (Auditory Steady-State Response)

It may be necessary for your child to return for continued testing in order to obtain a complete hearing test

If your child has risk factors that may cause late onset hearing loss it will be necessary for continued follow-up.

Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) Risk Indicators For Late Onset And Progressive Hearing Loss (2000)

  1. Illness or condition requiring admission of 48 hours or greater to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  2. Stigmata or other finding associated with a syndrome known to include a sensorineural and/or conductive hearing loss
  3. Family history of permanent childhood hearing loss
  4. Craniofacial anomalies, including those with morphologic abnormalities of the pinna and ear canal
  5. In-utero infections such as cytomegalovirus, herpes, toxoplasmosis or rubella
  6. Exposure to certain IV antibiotics

Facts on Infant Hearing

Hearing loss is the most common birth defect. Approximately 3 in 1000 babies are born with a hearing loss. Most of these children (90%) are born to hearing parents. At least 50% of children born with a hearing loss have no known hearing loss risk factors. Even a mild hearing loss can affect speech and language development, it can also affect emotional well-being.