Newborn hearing screener

Newborn hearing screeners work as members of a team in neonatal units, postnatal wards and in hospitals and clinics. They are involved in identifying which babies need testing and explain the screening procedure.

This page has information on the role of the newborn hearing screener, including entry requirements and skills needed. 

Working life

All new parents are offered a hearing screening test in the first few weeks after their baby is born.

Newborn hearing screeners:

Newborn hearing screening test

As a newborn hearing screener, you'll work as part of the audiology team with healthcare scientists, neonatal nurses, GPs and health visitors. You may work in neonatal units, postnatal wards or clinics. You will have a lot of contact with parents and their babies.

Entry requirements 

There are no set entry requirements for newborn hearing screeners. Employers expect a good standard of numeracy and literacy and may ask for GCSEs or equivalent. They may ask for a nursery nursing or child-care related qualification, such as NNEB, BTEC or vocational qualification.

Employers usually ask for experience of working with children and families. They may also ask for experience of working with deaf people. This can be either or paid or voluntary work.

Personal characteristics and skills needed

As a newborn hearing screener, you need to be:

You'll also need:

Training and development 

You will be given the training you need for the job including how to use the equipment, health and safety and child protection. Newborn hearing screeners can join the British Society of Audiology (BSA) as associate members. The BSA offers conferences and meetings where hearing screeners can update their skills and network with others working in the field.

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