About one to two babies out of every 1,000 babies born will have hearing loss. Early identification is VERY important.
By the time children say their first words, they have been listening to the way we talk for about a year. Every baby born in NSW can be tested for hearing loss. The hearing test is offered to all babies soon after baby is born.
The NSW State Wide Infant Screening Hearing Program is known as the SWISH program. The SWISH Program helps us to identify babies that are born with permanent hearing loss. The test or screening is done very soon after birth so that families and babies can be offered support before the baby is 6months old.
It is important to test baby’s hearing at an early age as hearing problems can cause speech and language problems later on in life. Testing hearing early and commencing support by 6 months of age may reduce the need for ongoing special education later on in life.