Originally Posted by Sage72380
DD failed once and almost failed the second time. It's a bit of a silly test IMHO. According to our tech (who I was very unimpressed with) baby's supposed to be sleeping (and so she fussed that DD was awake
: ), swaddled to keep still (which DD fought from birth... hands belonged at head
), and in a silent room (baby will pay more attention to Mommy's voice then the sound from the test, but tech kept talking to me
: ). Then, of course, there's the fluid in ears thing....
Wow, your tech was AWFUL. The babe does need to be sleeping, that's very important. (Swaddling is optional. We did not swaddle, and DS moved around a tiny bit, but our tech ROCKED! Also, he was three months old when it was done, which is a harder age to do the tests.)
My DH is a hearing researcher and my little sister has a profound hearing loss that wasn't found until she was 6 years old... believe me when I say I am completely 100% in favor of every child getting this test done. Maybe not as a newborn (I think 2 months would be a better age, that's probably when we'll do it next time) but before speech delay would impact a HoH child.
(I'm also not personally in favor of cochlear implants, but if the parents of a deaf child choose to get them, better to do it earlier.)