Universal Neonatal Hearing Screening versus Selective Screening as Part of the Management of Childhood Deafness
Description of Resource:
The principal factors that decide how deafness affects a child's development are the degree of hearing impairment and the age at which it is diagnosed. This systematic review sought to assess the efficacy of neonatal hearing screening programs in identifying children born deaf. These programs may test all children (universal screening) or only those with an increased probability of deafness (selective screening). The long-term effectiveness of universal newborn hearing screening programs has not been established to date. There is a need for controlled trials and before and after studies to address this issue further.