Universal newborn hearing screening


Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, and Communication Disorders


Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Clinique Notre-Dame Tournai, CHwapi, Tournai, Belgium


Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Clinique et Maternité Sainte-Elisabeth, Namur


Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, Jessa Hospital Campus Virga Jesse, Hasselt, Belgium

B-ENT 2005; 1: Supplement 16-23
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Hearing loss is one of the most common congenital anomalies, occurring in approximately 1-2 infants per 1000. Left undetected, hearing impairments in infants can negatively impact speech and language acquisition, academic achievement, social and emotional development. These negative impacts can be diminished and even eliminated through early intervention at or before 6 months of age. Reliable screening tests that minimize referral rates and maximize sensitivity and specificity are available. The goal of universal neonatal hearing screening is to maximize linguistic and communicative competence and literacy development for children who are hard of hearing or deaf. Audiologic and medical evaluations should be in progress before 3 months of age. Infants with confirmed hearing loss should receive intervention before 6 months of age from health care and education professionals with expertise in hearing loss and deafness in infants and young children.

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