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In the past 4 months, I have made so many trips to audiology and ENT, it’s mind-boggling!

The path to identificationwas a very different experience to that which we had with Zoe, 14 years ago. This time round we went through newborn hearing screening and were referred to audiology after two screening sessions resulted in ‘refer’. So we had confirmation when Carter was 15 days old as opposed to confirmation for Zoe at 15 months.

The screening sessions themselves were bizarre! I have been in many meetings where the process was discussed and the training for the screeners was mentioned.One of the things that stuck in my mind was that the screeners were trained to be very impartial in their dealings with the families.That they were not to use the word ‘fail’ and were to explain to families the many reasons for a ‘refer’ result eg fluid retention, noise interference…

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