In California, after your baby fails the Newborn Hearing Screening in the hospital there is a two week follow up to confirm the accuracy of the results. The Newborn Hearing Screening follow up wait can feel long; and the wait from potentially the second failed screening and the ABR feels even longer!
But I wanted to remind you of a few things to remember to still do while waiting!
Things to do with Baby During the Wait:
- Talk to baby – This is so important. I know it sounds silly but while waiting please remember to still talk to baby; they most likely can hear you and you don’t want to waste precious time with them getting to know you!
- Read to baby – Still read to baby daily. This will help their minds to begin to develop language.
- Sing to baby – Music is a great way for kids to learn in general. My older son has mild hearing loss and he has thrived from learning through music.
- Engage with baby – Remember to engage with your baby, smile at them, give them tummy time, and overall enjoy your new baby!
These were reminders that I received after learning that my sons failed their initial Newborn Hearing Screening. At the time they sounded like silly reminders but when you learn that your baby failed their hearing test its hard to remember that they likely CAN hear. I know for myself I struggled with the idea of my first son not being able to hear at all and wondering if he even knew what I was saying so I found myself not talking or engaging with him as frequently as I should have.
Hearing loss can be challenging and there are so many nuances when it comes to hearing loss. But it is important to still communicate and engage with baby.
Hang in there mom and dad while it’s scary right now while you’re waiting for answers please know that you are not alone and make sure that your taking care of yourself along the way!