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Newborn Hearing Screening

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,
Homerton Row,
E9 6SR
Telephone: 020 8510 5738


Who we are

The screening team offer newborn hearing screening at Homerton hospital or at a number of clinics at health centres in Hackney.

What we do

Screening is a process of identifying individuals who appear healthy but may be at increased risk of a disease or condition.

The Newborn Hearing Screening tests to identify possible hearing loss in newborn babies. It is carried out as soon as possible after birth.

About the hearing screen:

  • The test is painless, causes no discomfort and will usually be done while the baby is asleep or settled.  It lasts a few minutes and results will be given as soon as the hearing screening test is done. 
  • If the test shows a clear response from both the baby's ears, it is unlikely that he or she will have hearing loss.  If the test does not show a clear response from both ears, the baby will need to have a second test.
  • The second screening test may also be done in hospital, or at a local health centre. The test can take between 5 and 30 minutes and parents/carers can stay with the baby while it's carried out.

Further follow-up and intervention:

  • If the test does not show a clear response from both ears, the baby will be referred to Hackney Ark Audiology Department for further testing by an audiologist (a hearing specialist). This often happens at the second test, and it doesn't necessarily mean that a baby has hearing problems.
  • Since the first year of life is critical for normal speech and language development, finding out early about a baby’s hearing means that if necessary, families can get advice and support to help the baby communicate

Record Last Updated on: 14/08/2019

Time / Date Details

Time of day


Session Information

Monday to Sunday 9am - 4pm

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Referral required?


Referral Details

GP, health visitor or call 020 8510 5738

What to do if you have a complaint

If you have a concern about the care you or a relative or friend is receiving you should talk to the person in charge of your care or the manager of the department.

If you prefer to discuss your concern with someone independent of your care team then you can contact our Patient Liaison and Advice Service (PALS).

The PALS team can help resolve queries and concerns quickly and if you are not happy with the outcome then they can advise you on our formal complaints process.


Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Homerton Row

London E9 6SR


Phone: 020 8510 7315 - out of office hours voicemail service available

Textphone: 07584 445 400


How to Get Here

Buses: 276, 236, 394, 425, 488, 242

Train: Homerton

Parking: Yes, disabled parking

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