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Babies’ Hearing Service

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Colchester Hospital

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Clinics

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01206 747 474

Ipswich Hospital

We run clinics for babies who were born at home or who we could not test while they were in the hospital. The hearing screening team will telephone you to arrange an appointment.

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01473 707 315

The importance of hearing tests

All parents can choose whether to have their baby’s hearing tested by us.  It is important to find hearing problems early because they affect the baby’s development.  Therefore, we carry out the hearing tests in the first few days after birth.  When we have tested, we can give parents support and information about hearing problems.

Will I have to bring my baby to a clinic?

We try to perform the hearing tests while the baby is still in hospital – on the postnatal ward or in the neonatal unit.  We do run clinics for babies who were born at home and for any baby we did not manage to test while they were in hospital.

For information about babies’ hearing service, please visit the NHS Choices website.

For information about the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP) please visit the UK government’s website.

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