Markham Stoufville Hospital Child Development Programs

Hearing FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I have my baby’s hearing screened?

The first months and years of a baby’s life are very important for developing language. Undetected hearing loss is one of the causes of delayed oral language development.

My baby’s hearing was not screened in the hospital, where can I go?

Hearing screening is offered at a number of community clinics. To book an appointment, please call Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program 1-888-703-5437 ext 4.

What do I need to do for the screening?

You will want to do the following for the screening:

  • Feed your baby just before arriving for the appointment and in time for their nap
  • Do not put any creams or oils on your baby’s forehead
  • Bring extra diapers, a favourite toy and a blanket

Will the screening process hurt my baby?

No. The screening process is quick, simple and safe.

What do the results from the screenings mean?

Babies will receive a pass or a refer result. Those who receive a refer result will require further testing. Children with a pass result with risk factors for hearing loss will also be referred to further testing.

If my child is referred for further testing, what is the next step?

The Infant Hearing Program (IHP) will contact you to make the referral to an audiology department and will set up an appointment with one of the IHP audiologists.

What do I need to do before the audiology appointment?

It may take two to three sessions to complete a hearing assessment.
If your baby is under 6 months of age:

  • He/she should be asleep for the testing. We recommend that you keep your baby awake for a few hours prior to the assessment and feed your baby just prior to the testing
  • Do not put creams or oils on your baby’s forehead
  • If your baby is over 6 months of age:
  • He/she should be awake for the testing and ready to play
  • Do not put creams or oils on your baby’s forehead

What happens after the IHP Audiologist diagnoses a baby with a hearing loss?

You will be referred:

  • A paediatric Ear, Nose and Throat specialist
  • An Infant Hearing Program, Family Support Worker.

I am not sure if my child (over the age of 2 years) has a hearing loss or a speech and language problem. What should I do?

Talk to your family doctor about your concerns and request a referral to an audiologist for a hearing assessment and call York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program at 1-888-703-5437

I have concerns about my preschool (from 0 to 4 years) child’s speech and language development. What should I do?

Call York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program at 1-888-703-5437