Early Intervention for newborns: Rule of 1, 3, 6
The incidence of sensorineural hearing loss ranges from 1 to 3 per 1,000 live births in term healthy neonates, and 2–4 per 100 in high-risk infants .
Hearing screening programs in newborns enable detection of hearing loss in children with undiagnosed hearing loss, including mild and unilateral deficit .
Early intervention for newborns who are deaf or hard-of-hearing leads to improved language, communication, and social–emotional outcomes.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends hearing screenings for all newborns. The goal is for all babies to have a newborn hearing screening by one month of age, identified by 3 months of age and enrolled in early intervention or treatment, if identified as deaf or hard of hearing, by the age of 6 months.
Newborn hearing screening test is available now in GMCClinics.
Easy, short time, no sedation.
The test is ( OAE) Oto Acoustic Emissions which gives the result : pass or failed.
If it is Pass : hearing is normal.
If it is failed : we have to go for more profound tests.
Dr. Samer Sakka Amini, Specialist Otolaryngologist ENT doctor in Dubai, specializes in diagnosis and hearing loss treatment for all ages including newborns, children and adults. He has over 30 years of comprehensive medical care including diagnosis and medical treatment for patients having primary problems that involve or affect the ears, nose and throat and related structures of the head and neck.