Baby hearing tests not foolproof, research shows


January 18, 2013 3:33:07 PM PST
When it comes to good hearing, some newborn babies may be receiving passing grades incorrectly.

New research provides further evidence that newborn screening tests can miss babies who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Part of the problem may be that babies can be born with good hearing only to develop hearing loss soon after.

Doctors are warning parents not to be falsely reassured by a passing screening if they notice issues with their child's hearing or language.

There is more on this study in JAMA Otolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery.