Ontario Resumes Infant Hearing ChecksPublished on August 18, 2020
Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Todd Smith has announced the government is providing $3.8 million to support hearing checks for infants who did not receive the universal newborn hearing screen due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Over the past several months Infant Hearing Program lead agencies suspended the newborn hearing screen commonly provided pre-discharge from hospitals and in community locations based on the advice of health officials. As the province re-opens, Infant Hearing Program lead agencies are now starting to safely resume in-person services.
This government is focused on supporting the health and well-being of newborns and their families. This funding will increase audiology capacity by hiring audiologists and increasing referrals for hearing checks. Newborns who did not receive a newborn hearing screen due to the pandemic can now do so.
Ontario’s Infant Hearing Program provides universal hearing tests to newborn babies in order to detect sign of early hearing loss in children and ensure risks are addressed early and infants are provided with the support they need as soon as possible.
Infant Hearing Program lead agencies will arrange a hearing check by an audiologist for babies who missed their newborn hearing screen. Infant Hearing Program lead agencies will arrange a hearing check by an audiologist for babies who missed their newborn hearing screen. Contact the Infant Hearing Program location near you for more information.
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