The Statewide Infant Screening Hearing Program (SWISH) has recently celebrated 20 years of service across the district.
The service operates at both Royal North Shore and Hornsby hospitals within NSLHD as well as North Shore Private Hospital, The Mater Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital and Northern Beaches Hospital.
The service uses technology to screen every newborn at each hospital to indentify significant permanent bilateral hearing loss.
The purpose of the screen is to enable access to appropriate intervention that will limit the learning and development difficulties associated with hearing impairment, by six months of age.
RNSH SWISH manager Houda Taleb said the service plays a big role in helping babies get a great start to life and is able to help parents along the way.
“We understand the role we play in providing each newborn the best start to life by ensuring they have sufficient hearing for speech and language development," she said.