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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