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What happens if my baby doesn’t pass the second hearing screening?

  • Talk to your baby’s doctor about a referral to see a Pediatric Audiologist.
  • If your baby needs more testing, get it done as soon as possible. 
  • All testing to find out if your baby has a hearing loss should be finished by 3 months of age.

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