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Hearing Development

Hearing Development

ABR testing with a baby

The State of Michigan collects newborn hearing screening data for their Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program.  The goal is to provide for better outcomes for newborns and young children with hearing loss and their families through early screening, appropriate diagnosis and intervention, monitoring, personnel development, and increasing public awareness.

Guidelines of the Michigan EHDI program are 1 – 3 – 6 Goals:

1 – All infants are screened for hearing loss no later than 1 month of age (and preferably before hospital discharge).

3 – All infants who do not pass the hearing screening will have a diagnostic hearing evaluation no later than 3 months of age.

6 – All infants with a hearing loss are enrolled in early intervention services no later than  6 months of age.


Even if a baby passes a newborn hearing test, hearing can change. Consult your child’s physician or an Audiologist if you have concerns about your child’s speech, language, or hearing.

Four Months of Age
  • Starts to babble
  • Looks for sounds with eyes
  • Uses several voice sounds, such as squeals, whimpers and chuckles
Six Months of Age
  • Turns head toward sound
  • Begins to imitate speech sounds
  • Babbles (“ba-ba”, “ma-ma”, “ga-ga”)
Nine Months of Age
  • Understands “no-no”, “bye-bye”
  • Turns head toward soft sounds
  • Imitates speech sounds of others

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