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Newborn Hearing Screen
06.28.2013 [New Moms & Dads]

hearingIn the short time you and your baby are in the hospital after delivery many screening tests are done. I’d like to review each of these individually over the next few weeks….

One of these tests is the newborn hearing screen. This is a test done before you are discharged from the hospital to identify any hearing loss early on.  Hearing loss is the most common congenital condition in the US. For many babies the sounds we take for granted, can go unheard. The American Academy of Pediatrics says as many as 1-3 out of every 1000 newborns will have some degree of hearing impairment, and of those babies 95 percent are born to hearing parents.

Catching any hearing issues sooner, rather than later, can make a huge impact in your child’s development. Studies show that important language skills are learned before the age of 3 and hearing and language skills are closely tied together, so this is an important time to identify any hearing loss issues.

Almost all hospitals have a newborn hearing screen. OAE, (otoacoustic emissions) and ABR, (Auditory Brainstem Response), is a simple, painless procedure that can be done as the baby sleeps. A small probe is placed in the baby’s ear and a sticky electrode on the baby’s scalp. Sound waves enter the baby’s ear and brain wave responses are measured.

If this screening uncovers a potential problem, this doesn’t mean permanent hearing loss, only that a secondary screening will be done to uncover any possible hearing loss. Some babies don’t pass the hearing screen but have normal hearing. Some interference with results could be fluid in the ears, a baby who is moving his/her head a lot during the test, a poorly fitting probe, or a noisy testing area.

If an audiologist confirms a hearing loss, you would be referred to an early intervention program. The goal of the American Academy of Pediatrics is that every infant be screened as a newborn, diagnosed by 3 months old and receive early intervention services by 6 months old.  Dr. Vohr, a member of the AAP task force says, “We’re living through a period of enhanced optimism about children with hearing loss. We’ve seen the incredible differences made by early identification and early amplification, and I think the opportunities for children with hearing loss, no matter which mode of communication is used, will continue to improve”

Make your coffee run healthier by focusing on 3 key nutrients
06.24.2013 | SMH Extra

Coffee shops and cafés around the country are offering more healthy fare while expanding menus beyond coffee and a sweet treat.  How would you rate your efforts at identifying the good vs. the “not so good?”  Walk into your local Starbucks and most would think a Morning Glory Muffin (with carrots, raisins, pineapple, and pecans no less!) […]

Study Shows Co-sleeping Increases SIDS Risk
06.21.2013 | New Moms & Dads

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Out with the Old and In with the New!
06.20.2013 | Campus Improvements

It won’t be long now before Sarasota Memorial’s new digital sign, located in front of the hospital at the corner of U.S. 41 and Waldemere St., will be fully installed and operational.  Part of the overall Campus Improvement Project, the installation of the full–color digital sign, measuring approximately 5 feet tall by 10 feet wide, […]

AMA recognizes obesity as a disease
06.19.2013 | SMH Extra

This week, the American Medical Association officially declared obesity a disease “requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention.” The AMA noted that obesity rates in the United States have “doubled among adults in the last twenty years and tripled among children in a single generation.” Organizations including the World Health […]

Growth Chart Anxiety
06.14.2013 | New Moms & Dads

I have heard many parents stress about the growth chart and about their baby “falling off the curve” or not gaining enough weight quickly enough. Even health care professionals get worried if their baby is falling from the 90th percentile to the 75th, then the 50th and so on.  Older growth charts are based on […]

HealthFit’s Big Reveal is Saturday!
06.14.2013 | Campus Improvements

Looking for fun and fitness this weekend? Come by our newly renovated HealthFit! The medically integrated fitness facility’s month-long makeover is now complete and the community is invited to a special re-opening event from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday, June 15. Take a tour, meet the staff and check out the new cardio equipment, locker room […]

Congressman takes pulse of medical staff leaders
06.12.2013 | SMH Extra

Earlier this week, Congressman Vern Buchanan sat down with physician leaders to talk about issues facing health care providers and their patients. Participating in the roundtable discussion, from left to right are, Cindy von Waldner, MD, Anesthesiology, chief of staff-elect of Sarasota Memorial; John Collins, MD, FAAP, Pediatrics/Internal Medicine, immediate past chief of staff of SMH; Paul […]

Keep your cool with this recipe
06.07.2013 | SMH Extra

Summer’s here! Looking for a healthy, light, quick and refreshing dinner recipe that won’t trap you in a hot kitchen? Try Mediterranean Tuna Antipasto Salad. In fact, our recipe page has loads of great dishes for all meals, diets and ages. Click here for the full list. And if you want help and support to eat […]

Help Sarasota Become an All-America City Winner!
06.07.2013 | SMH Extra

Sarasota County was recently named a finalist for a 2013 All-America City Award! To win the honor from the National Civic League, a community must demonstrate innovation, inclusiveness, civic engagement and cross sector collaboration by describing successful efforts to address pressing local challenges. Sarasota Memorial is proud to be part of our community and we’re […]