High Risk Babies Must Be Tested For Hearing Loss

With modern technologies like OAE (OtoAcustic Emissions), BERA (Brain-stem evoked response audiometry) it is possible to identify hearing-loss within days of birth.

There are certain criteria which needs to pay attention and newborn should be subjected to hearing evaluation:–

Family:

History of Hearing Loss in family

Baby born out of consanguineous marriage

Mohther:

In utero infections such as rubella, cytomegalo virus, herpes, toxoplasmosis, syphilis

Use of ototoxic drugs by the mother during pregnancy

Excessive intake of alcohol by the mother during pregnancy

Prolonged / hazardous labour

Child:

Any illness that necessitated admission of the child in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) immediately after birth like hyperbilirubinemia

any illness requiring hospitalization for 48 hrs or more in the first 4 weeks of birth

Low birth weight of the baby (below 1500 grams)

Apgar score below 4 at 1 minute or below 6 at 5 minutes after birth

Any recognizable syndrome at birth where hearing loss is a known component of the syndrome like Down’s syndrome, Treacher-Colin’s syndrome etc.

Presence of any craniofacial anomalies including anomalies of the pinna and ear canal.

 

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