The HPCSA recommends that infants'hearing be tested before the age of six
months. If a hearing loss is identified after the age of six months,
the child may already be experiencing a language development delay.
Recommended screening technologies include
oto-acoustic emissions (OAE), which assess cochlear (inner ear)
functioning, and auditory brainstem responses (ABR), which record neural
activity in response to sounds.
The tests are accurate and take only a few minutes to perform, but are not routinely offered at government hospitals.
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