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by Michelle Smith
The Birth Ease Podcast

089 Newborn Hearing Screening with Dr. Blair Handy


May is Better Hearing Month and Michelle has a conversation with Dr.Blair Harding, a clinical audiologist. She shares the importance of hearing and screenings, and the impacts that hearing can have on communication, lifestyle, and overall quality of life. Dr. Blair explains why newborn hearings are necessary, what is involved, and what happens next if a baby doesn't pass the newborn hearing screening. She also shares signs to look for in your child that may signal a possible hearing loss.

"It can cause so many things like isolation, depression, and it affects relationships. When someone has a hearing loss, it doesn't just affect them, it affects the whole family. And their family includes their actual blood relatives, their friends, their work. It affects all aspects of their life.”—Dr. Blair Handy

About Dr. Blair Handy:

Dr. Handy is an audiologist. She received her Doctor of Audiology and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida. Currently, she practices as a clinical audiologist at a local otolaryngology office in Orlando and an instructor at Valdosta State University.

Dr. Handy's passion for audiology stems from wanting to improve the quality of life of those with a hearing impairment, reduce the barriers caused by communication breakdowns that can occur due to a hearing loss, and educate individuals about the impact hearing loss can have on those with a hearing disability. In addition, she understands firsthand the pressures which occur when having a newborn.

As a native Floridian, Dr. Handy loves to spend time with her family and friends during her free time. Furthermore, she enjoys traveling, outdoor activities (walking, jogging, and rollerblading), arts & crafts, reading, and having new experiences.

Connect with Dr. Blair Handy:

Website: http://www.jbnewborns.com/

Email: jbnewborns@gmail.com

Facebook: @jbnewborns

Connect with Michelle Smith:

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Episode 89

by Michelle Smith