The Mother of Pediatric Audiology

Marion Downs, audiologist extraordinaire, passed on November 13, 2014. She was 100 years old. Marion Downs is credited as being the "Mother of Pediatric Audiology," as she was the first to show that no age is too young to test hearing. In the 1960s, she tested newborns and urged pediatricians and other audiologists to do the same, as she understood that the earlier hearing loss was identified, the earlier intervention and learning could begin. She fought and fought and today in the US we now have universal newborn hearing screening - now, 90% of newborns are screened for hearing loss just after birth. Thank you, Marion Downs! 

NPR's All Things Considered recently ran a segment highlighting her inspiring life work. 

Sound Speech and Hearing Clinic offers newborn hearing screenings in the office and at home. Check out our information sheet below!