What does the hearing screen look like

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    The hearing screen is usually carried out at the bedside while you and your baby are still in hospital. In some cases, the screen will take place during an outpatient visit.

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    The hearing screener will explain the screen and answer any questions that you may have. The screener will also give you some information about VIHSP to keep.

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    If you would like your baby to have a hearing screen, you will be asked to sign a consent form.

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    The screener places sensors on your baby and ear cups that play soft clicking sounds.

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    The screen is quick and painless. Most babies stay asleep throughout the screen.

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    We can screen while you are nursing your baby or even while your baby is breastfeeding.

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    The screener will give you the results of the screen straight away.

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    Some babies will need to have a second hearing screen in order to achieve a clear result. The screener will arrange a suitable time for this to take place.

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    Babies who do not pass the screen will be referred to Diagnostic Audiology for further testing. The VIHSP team will organize this for you.

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    The results of the screen will be recorded in your baby's Child Health Record book.