Infant Hearing Program

Infant Hearing FAQs

Here are the answers to some common questions that parents ask:

Why should I have my baby’s hearing screened?

The first months and years of a baby’s life are very important for developing language. Undetected hearing loss is one of the causes of delayed oral language development.

Will the screening process hurt my baby?

No. The screening process is quick, simple and safe.

What do the results from the screening mean?

Babies will receive a pass or a refer result. Those who receive a refer result will require further testing. Children with a pass result with risk factors for hearing loss will also be referred for further testing.

If my child is referred for further testing, what is the next step?

The Infant Hearing Program (IHP) will send your baby’s screening results to an IHP Audiology service provider, who will contact you to book an appointment.

What do I need to do before the audiology appointment?

It may take two to three sessions to complete a hearing assessment.

If your baby is under 6 months of age:

  • He/she should be asleep for the testing. We recommend that you keep your baby awake for a few hours prior to the assessment and feed your baby just prior to the testing
  • Do not put creams or oils on your baby’s forehead

If your baby is over 6 months of age:

  • He/she should be awake for the testing and ready to play
  • Do not put creams or oils on your baby’s forehead
My baby’s hearing was not screened in the hospital, where can I go?

Hearing screening is offered at a number of community clinics. To book an appointment, please contact 519.252.0636.

My baby has a permanent hearing loss. What's next?

You will be referred to:

  • A pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat specialist

You will have access to the following services:

  • Audiology assessments and hearing aid management provided by an IHP trained audiologist
  • Communication services to support language and early literacy development
  • Family support services to provide guidance and assistance in accessing community resources
I am not sure if my child (over the age of 2 years) has a hearing loss or speech and language problem. What should I do?

Talk to your family doctor about your concerns and request a referral to an audiologist for a hearing assessment, contact the Talk 2 Me program at 519.252.0636, or fill out our online referral form.

I have concerns about my preschool (from 0-4 years) child’s speech and language development. What should I do?

Contact the Talk 2 Me program at 519.252.0636 to speak with staff or fill out our online referral form.