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How does my baby hear?

Your baby’s ear is made of many parts that carry sound to the brain. These parts are called: the outer ear, middle ear and the inner ear.  Each are responsible for sending sounds to your baby’s brain. Many different things can happen to parts of the ear that can impact baby’s hearing.



Testing for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

The Florida Department of Health, Newborn Screening (NBS) Program, is pleased to announce that beginning April 27, 2020, all newborns screened will be tested for a new condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). If you have any questions, please contact the