April 2013 Moms

Newborn hearing screening

At the hospital, DS passed one ear but failed the other. They said a number of things could have caused the fail such as background noise or fluid in his ear.

They called me today to do a follow up appt for next week. I'm really worried about it. So far he hasn't shown any signs of hearing loss.

Has anyone ever gotten a fail on the screening and a pass on the 2nd test? Will the ear that passed stay a pass? like can there be false negatives?
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  • My LO failed the first one in the hospital and they gave again the next day while we were still in the hospital and he passed. The nurse told us failing the first was not uncommon.
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    DS2 failed like 3 times in the hospital, they waited a few days and tried again and he passed. They said it probably had something to do with me having a c-section and the fluids were still in his ears. I was nervous until he passed though
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  • image jkkg317:
    DS2 failed like 3 times in the hospital, they waited a few days and tried again and he passed. They said it probably hadnbsp;somethingnbsp;to do with me having a csection and the fluids were still in his ears. I was nervous until he passed though


    I'm going to be stressing until our appt. The receptionist even said babies fail and pass all the time, but still can't help but worry.
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    DS2 failed like 3 times in the hospital, they waited a few days and tried again and he passed. They said it probably hadnbsp;somethingnbsp;to do with me having a csection and the fluids were still in his ears. I was nervous until he passed though
    I'm going to be stressing until our appt. The receptionist even said babies fail and pass all the time, but still can't help but worry.

    my daughter failed one ear as well. They redid it the next day and she passed. The test is extremely temperamental and its unfortunate because there are so many things that can throw off the results and yet they let the new parents stress about it. That being said my nephew failed his as well, they went back for a follow up and he passed. Really - hang in there. It's extremely uncommon to fail because of a legit problem......

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  • My DS failed both ears in the hospital twice. We are waiting until next week to retest when he's two weeks. i had a cs and they said it happens all the time so trying not to worry. he definitely hears some things cuz he startles when the dog barks or big brother yells. Crossing fingers!
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    My son failed in 1 ear. They refered us to an audiologist and we went there when he was around 2 or 3 months. Turns out he has a mild hearing loss, but it hasn't affected his communication at all [he is a great talker!] and the audiologist said it shouldn't be a problem in the future. We had to follow up with an ENT but he wasn't worried either.

    All that to say even if he doesn't pass the second time around [which it sounds like is most common] it still may not be an issue.

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  • My son failed 3 times in the hospital, we are going for further testing next week with Audiology with an ABR/Hearing test... but he also has Down Syndrome, so they are more cautious about it. 
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  • Just want to echo all the PPs- try not to worry.  
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  • I had a home birth, so the first test was done at her pediatrician appointment when she was a week old and she failed in both ears. They retested her at two weeks and she failed again. At the end of that appointment, I had them retest when she was nursing and calm and she passed one ear and failed the other. They retested the failed ear today at her one month and she failed again because she was screaming. She hates having that thing in her ear. 

    My pediatrician said not to worry, that she's seen babies fail the hearing test up until three months and there's no issue. It's such a sensitive, temperamental machine and there are so many things that can give you a fail even if the ear works perfectly.

    I know it's impossible, but try not to worry. I freaked out the first time, but when I saw her fail and then pass in the one ear in the span of 20 minutes, I decided to relax. I know she can hear - she responds to my voice and startles at loud noises. Trust your instincts, if you think your baby can hear, he probably can. It may just take a while for the machine to register that. Hang in there.

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  • My little guy failed the first test in the hospital and we have a second one scheduled for this Thursday. The nurses said its really common for babies to fail the first time because of fluid or background noise, as PPs have said. I was really worried at first but not so much anymore, because since he's been home he flinches and reacts to loud noises, so we'll see what happens Thursday. 
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  • It's already been said a bunch but seriously it is VERY common for them to fail the first test(s), it's not a bad sign at all. Don't worry!
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  • My niece passed hers on both ears but ended up not being able to hear until she had tubes put in around 7 months old. So it's also possible to pass and then fail. It could always just be fluid.
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  • DD failed twice in her right ear while we were at the hospital. We had to follow up at a pediatric audiologist office about a week later where she passed (both ears). Apparently it's common for babies to fail this test. Her pediatrician confirmed at her first appointment the day after we went home that she still had fluid in her right ear. Also she was fussy during the test at the hospital.

    Easier said than done, but try not to worry. 

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  • We failed the first round in the hospital but passed the second try a week later. I guess it's pretty common. They get fluid in there and it takes a bit to drain out. I wouldn't worry about it.
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  • image melandjames14:
    My LO failed the first one in the hospital and they gave again the next day while we were still in the hospital and he passed. The nurse told us failing the first was not uncommon.

    This happened to us with DD1 too.

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