Alyson White
Newborn Hearing Screener

I've been at the Rosie for five years. I started as an MCA on the delivery unit, and I moved to join the newborn hearing screeners shortly afterwards. 

We start every day in our office on the neonatal unit. We look at all the paperwork for babies born overnight and the previous day. Once we’ve found which ward each of the babies are we calibrate our machinery and start our screening day. We screen on the wards 7 days a week, identifying newborns that require further hearing screens.

Training to become a newborn hearing screener involves a lot of eLearning which is an online training tool. We attend a day in London where you’re assessed based on a role play situations.

We liaise closely with special care staff on the neonatal unit and ward clerks and midwives on Lady Mary, to help us identify babies that need to be seen first. Some families like to go home quickly so we identify them first. If babies are discharged without a hearing screen, we offer outpatient appointments in the community. We will write to these families with appointment details. If there are any family issues or health problems that the midwives think we should know about, they will inform us.

We have lots of contact with babies and mothers and we love to interact with the families. The majority of the time we find a clear response, but early identification is known to be important for the development of the child. We can refer babies to audiology if further test are required. Early identification means you will get the best support and advice from the start.