Should my newborn respond to loud sounds? Can I test his hearing somehow?

Question by Coleen: Should my newborn respond to loud sounds? Can I test his hearing somehow?
My newborn failed his hearing test when he was 3 days old. They retested him a few hours later and he failed again. (Why they tested him twice on the same day I don’t know.)

He has an appointment with the otorhinolaryngologist on May 26 to have his hearing re-tested, but in the mean time, I was wondering if there are any home tests I can do. For example, should he startle when someone makes a loud sound near him? What kinds of sounds should he respond to?

Best answer:

Answer by bored but fabulous
Bang a pot next to his head or start screaming… may be you can shoot a gun. That always works for me!

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6 Responses to “Should my newborn respond to loud sounds? Can I test his hearing somehow?”

  1. kcat says:

    Don’t know the answer to your question, but I am going through the same thing, so I hope someone does!

  2. Advice says:

    I would drop a pan on the kitchen floor,


    My daughter startles when im holding her and (shes just almost sleeping) scream at my oldest son. So raise your voice when hes calm and being held by you

  3. Someone says:

    Babies don’t always respond to every sound. Just see how he reacts when there happens to be loud sounds going on or when people talk or sing to him and look for a response.

  4. a says:

    Yes he should startle if he hears a loud sound that is unfamiliar or unexpected. That means when he is awake and not sleeping. My daughter actually startled most when she was nursing and something loud happened becasue she was awake but completely relaxed.
    I would start with clapping then move progressively to louder things – like yell boo or something or bang a pot.
    But if you are stomping the floor or slamming a door he may react to the vibrations and not the sound so whatever you use to make the sound be sure it doesn’t cause vibrations.

    This may help you feel better :
    “When a baby fails the newborn hearing screening, it does NOT necessarily mean that he or she has a hearing loss. Between 2 and 10 percent of all babies across the United States do not pass their first hearing screening. Less than 1 percent will have a permanent hearing loss. Many of the babies who need follow-up testing will have normal hearing.

    You may wonder why a baby with normal hearing would fail the newborn hearing-screening test. Some common reasons are:

    * Vernix in the ear canal
    * Fluid in the middle ear
    * Movement and/or crying during the test

    Even though most babies will pass the follow-up hearing testing, it is VERY important to take your baby for follow-up testing. This is the best way to be SURE about your baby’s hearing.”

  5. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? says:

    Just wait until they professionally test him. I’m sure it is stressful — but you will drive yourself nuts trying to determine for yourself. For example — my two children responded very differently to noises as infants but both have normal hearing:

    My first didn’t really respond to loud noises when he was a newborn — he passed his newborn hearing test and passed another at 2 years old (he had that test prior to going to speech therapy for a phonological disorder). My second always responded to loud noises. Incidentally — my first child will sleep through *anything* … my second will wake to *anything*.

  6. Nonnie22 says:

    Well, does he respond to loud noises? Does he seem to startle when there is a loud noise near him? Is there deafness in your or the father’s family? I’m guessing you’re the mommy 🙂

    I worked as a nurse for an ENT doctor for a number of years, and the doctor you see will have an audiologist on staff that will do the actual testing. Just wait a few weeks to get into the doctor’s office. One thing you might do is phone the office and ask them if they have a cancellation to please phone you to come in earlier. They’ll do that if you ask and give them your home and cell number.

    Best of luck to you. (so long as you weren’t exposed to the measles or took IV garamycin while pregnant there’s very little that would cause your baby to be deaf.)

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