McLaren Health Care
Infant Hearing

Newborn Hearing Tests

Approximately 150 newborns with hearing loss are identified annually through hearing screens in Michigan according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. While the newborn is asleep, a trained personnel places three sticky electrodes to the infant's forehead, shoulder, and neck in addition to placing headphones to their ears. Each test varies in length of time of completion, with the time not correlating to the baby’s ability of hearing.

Outside noises and newborn movements may make the testing take longer. If observing the hearing test, it is important to keep talking to a minimal whisper, not touch the newborn, and to keep cell phones on silent.

Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR) testing method
Offered at McLaren Greater Lansing.

The first screening will not occur until at least 12 hours of age. Should the newborn fail the first screening, a second screening will be performed prior to discharge. If the newborn fails the hearing test a second time, the staff will notify you and provide you a referral to an audiologist for further evaluation.