The state of Oregon sent me paperwork because I haven't had an Infant Hearing Test on DD and she's 7 weeks old. I think she hears fine, she responds to me and I don't want to have more testing than needed. How important is this test? What are your experiences?
Infant hearing tests
While I definitely agree with what the previous two posters said about the benefits outweighing the risks, IMHO, the hearing tests are not that great. First of all, it has to be dead silent and the little ear pieces have to be on just right. In other words, there are lots of things that can generate a false fail. We had to take the hearing test over 5 times. I knew my DD could hear me, but we kept going back to get the official "pass" and really wish I would have just listened to my instincts and not forked over money to have some test tell me what I already knew. I will say that DH is a sound engineer and musician and he was furious with the testing methods, but was also equally anxious to get an official positive. So I guess what I'm saying is just realize that your LO can fail the test (many times) and still have perfect hearing. This was my experience.
Definitely consider doing it--it's totally painless/non-invasive/non-stressful, and will give you a lot of peace of mind. (Yes, you may get inconsistent results sometimes--but it's still better than potentially missing something that will cause HUGE problems if untreated. If you don't want to make a special trip to do it (and who does, with an infant), just try to schedule it for a time you're already doing a pediatric appointment and kill two birds with one stone.
Her hearing is fine but it was a hassle sitting there 3x with my boob hanging out while dd laughed and grabbed at the wires. Definitely would've been easier with a sleepy newborn.
I didn't do it when DS1 was a newborn and then had to attempt to do it with an older child who had speech delays and who wouldn't sit still or fall asleep in the lab. So not fun. I promptly did it with DS2. There is also a child in DS1's PK who is profoundly deaf, they elected out of the hearing screen and didn't realize deafness until he was close to one. I elect out of all almost all testing but hearing screens is one that there is really no good reason not to get.