Hmm I go back and forth on this one. DD1 was born with a skin tag next to her ear. had she not been born in the hospital I probably wouldn't question it. However, because she was we know that often skin tags develop (in that area) at the same time as certain protions of the inner ear and can indicate issues. We had her hearing tested, they told us she failed (it's only on one side), repeated the test, told us she passed, deemed it inconclusive and sent us to the audiologist. We went and the lady (who I swear didn't take it seriously because she knows my inlaws and wanted to present us with a "good" baby
was unable to get the test done correctly. She ended up switching to one that only tested for low tone deafness and even after not getting it to work right gave us a passing grade. The testing is hard with newborns just because ears are tiny and the ear pieces aren't always going to fit. Plus they can't wiggle around or make noise and nursing them (to keep them from wiggling or crying etc.) doesn't work either since it moves the ear and the piece can't remain stable. It was so dumb and frustrating!
DD1 seems to hear perfectly. She reacts to noise etc. Every now and then though she does something that makes me wonder. We do plan on getting her retested just to be sure.
DD2 was born via UC and has not had any testing of any kind what so ever. For some reason I don't question it with her.
I think this is one of those things you just have to take it by ear (no pun intended
). If you suspect something is off you can always go in and get it done.