New baby hearing screening at Clonmel hospital

A Newborn Hearing Screening Programme for babies born in South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel will be launched this week

A Newborn Hearing Screening Programme for babies born in South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel will be launched this week

Parents of all babies born at the hospital from March 21 will be offered a hearing screening test – prior to baby being discharged from hospital.

The test is available free-of-charge for all babies.

Babies who do not have a clear response in one or both ears from the initial testing within a week of being born will be seen for a full assessment at the Regional Diagnostic Audiology Clinic in Waterford Regional Hospital, shortly after their discharge.

The earlier a hearing loss can be picked up in a baby, the better the outcome they will have. In Ireland, one to two babies in every 1,000 are born with a hearing loss in one or both ears.