In New Zealand, approximately 170 children per year are born with permanent congenital hearing loss.
During the past five years the average age for the detection of permanent hearing loss in moderate or great severity, is between 3 and 4 years of age. This means that when children are finally diagnosed with a hearing impairment they are behind their peers in many areas of development, particularly language acquisition, and they often never catch up. Through screening, early detection and intervention it is possible that these babies could have a much greater chance of reaching their potential.
There is also a visiting Paediatrician at River Ridge East Birth Centre. For more information on hearing screening or hearing tests, contact River Ridge East Birth Centre .