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Detecting deafness in the newborn

One in every 1, 000 newborn babies is born each year with a hearing loss problem: 700 infants a year! Screening for deafness in babies at birth has become systematic in France. The goal is to avoid waiting several months before discovering the handicap of the child.

Hearing impairment is the first sensory deficit identified at birth. Diagnosed in time, this is a disability that can be properly managed.

Deafness is calculated in decibel (dB). From a loss of 20db, the child is considered to be slightly deaf. This is going to increase to a level of loss that exceeds 90db indicates profound deafness.

Most often, the cause of deafness is genetic. However, it may be due to illness, premature baby, etc.

If the various examinations that exist, the neonatal examination and objective audiometry tests, reveal a deafness of the child, it is necessary to know that solutions are to be implemented so that the child can develop as well as possible.

The wearing of a hearing aid, rehabilitation sessions for the speech-language pathologist, and, in educational terms, adapted institutes exist.

After reading this file, you will be better informed and able to deal with the deafness of a baby.

To see: our video on the detection of infantile diseases in the baby

The Guthrie test can detect the 5 main congenital diseases in the newborn. What diseases are they? Why should it be detected at birth? And how exactly is it? We asked an expert.

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Author: Sylvie Charbonnier.
Expert consultant: Dr. Joëlle Troussier, ENT at Grenoble University Hospital.

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