Experts at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are leading the way in giving new born babies a vital hearing test.
The team of Newborn Hearing Screeners at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are testing 98 per cent of all babies for hearing defects within four weeks of being born, surpassing national targets.
Hearing tests for new born babies are vital to identify possible hearing problems which can hinder the baby’s speech and language development.
All babies born at Victoria Hospital are usually offered this simple screen to detect hearing loss before they go home.
Babies who have been born at home or have left hospital before the hearing screen could be completed will be offered an appointment to have their screen done as an out-patient.
Colette Clarkson, neonatal hearing screening lead at the Trust, said: “Nationally about one to two in every 1,000 babies are born with some kind of hearing loss.”