Newborn Hearing Screening

Newborn Hearing Screening


All babies born in New Zealand are offered, in their first month of life, a newborn hearing screening free of charge, irrespective of whether they are born at hospital or home.

Babies born in hospital will be screened before going home in most cases. Alternatively an outpatient appointment will be arranged at clinics held regularly at Oamaru, Dunedin, Balclutha, Maniototo, Alexandra, Wanaka, Queenstown, Lumsden, Tuatapere, Winton, Gore, and Invercargill.

This programme has been designed to identify and then offer intervention for babies with moderate to profound hearing loss.

This is a joint initiative between the Ministries of Health and Education. 



Dunedin Hospital, 201 Great King St

  • 2nd Floor, main hospital (Queen Mary Maternity)
  • Outpatient Clinics in rural areas

Southland Hospital, Kew Rd Invercargill

  • Ground floor, main hospital (between Maternity Ward)
  • Outpatient Clinics in rural areas

Contact Details

Ph: 0800 885 544




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