About the Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program VIHSP

  • The Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program (VIHSP) screens the hearing of newborn babies in their first weeks of life. Early detection and intervention improves outcomes for babies with hearing loss.

    Parents/guardians of babies, identified as requiring audiology, are fully supported through the process of diagnosis and intervention by VIHSP Early Support Services.

    The screen

    • is performed by trained hearing screeners
    • uses standard technology (Automated Auditory Brainstem Response AABR)
    • is usually completed at the mothers bedside while the baby is asleep (in hospital) or at an outpatient appointment

     VIHSP achieved statewide coverage in 2012 and screens in public and private, metropolitan and rural maternity services.