Welcome to the HSE Newborn Hearing Screening Programme

HSE Universal New-born Hearing Screening Programme is available nationwide for all babies. One to two babies in every 1,000 born in Ireland are born with a hearing loss in one or both ears. Most babies born with a hearing loss are born into families with no history of hearing loss so it is important to screen all babies as early as possible. The hearing screen will usually be carried out while the baby is settled or sleeping at the mother's bedside. Any baby who does not have a clear response from the screen will be seen for a full audiological (hearing) assessment at our Audiology Clinics (hearing clinics).

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Screening Information - Information for parents and guardians on why your baby is screened
Taking a sample on the screening card
Leaflets and Booklets - Information to help parents understand the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme
Parent reading information leaflet
Leabhráin agus Bileoga - Tá eolas foilsithe ag anClár Scagthástála Éisteachta Nua-Naíonna FSS chun cabhrú le tuismitheoirí an clár seo a thuiscint.
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Information in other languages - Arabic, Chinese-Simplified, Chinese-Traditional, French, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Romanian and Spanish
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Contact your screening service