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Newborn Hearing Screenings

SIU Hearing and Balance partners with St. John’s Hospital in the Newborn Hearing Screening Program to provide hearing screenings for all newborns as mandated by the State of Illinois.  Using Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR), all newborns born at St. John’s Hospital and those transported into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) from other hospitals are screened prior to discharge.  Those infants referring on the initial screen are rescreened after 12 hours.  Those referring the second screening are seen at around 4 weeks gestational age for rescreening or diagnostic testing.  Follow-up testing is provided at the SIU Center for Hearing and Balance in the St. John’s Pavilion. 
If a newborn refers on the Newborn Hearing Screening, it is vital to obtain follow-up screening or diagnostic testing in order to assure optimal auditory and speech and language development. 


St. John’s Hospital Carol Jo Vecchie birth center

University of Illinois at Chicago
(DSCC newborn hearing screening form)

National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management           
(NCHAM video-Giving Your Baby a Sound Beginning)

Donate to The Listening, Language and Learning Program

The Listening, Language and Learning Program’s mission is to provide quality listening and spoken language training and education to children and adults with hearing loss. The services provided will help children become oral communicators and develop their listening, language, intellectual and learning skills. The program will also provide rehabilitation to adults so they can receive the maximum benefit possible from their hearing technology. If you would like to donate to the Listening, Language & Learning Program, click here.