Hearing loss and bacterial meningitis (1755)

Key points below

What is bacterial meningitis?

It is an infection that happens due to different types of germs (bacteria). Babies who have bacterial meningitis are at risk for hearing loss.

Why was your baby’s hearing tested?

A hearing screening is required in Wisconsin for all babies because newborn hearing loss is a common problem. It is important to test your baby’s hearing after a bacterial meningitis infection to make sure hearing has not changed.

☐ Your baby needs more testing in the ☐ right ear ☐ left ear ☐ both ears.

☐ Your baby passed the hearing testing in the ☐ right ear ☐ left ear ☐ both ears.

For more health and wellness information check out this resource:https://kidshealth.org/ChildrensWi/en/parents


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.