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My baby is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), will my baby receive a hearing screening?

Yes, your baby will be screened before discharge from the NICU. Babies who spend more than five days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) should receive an AABR test. If your baby did not pass the hearing screening in one or both ears, it is very important to find out if your baby has a hearing loss.  Talk to your baby’s primary care doctor about a referral to a Pediatric Audiologist.

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