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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

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.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Hearing and Other Sensory or Communication Disorders
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Puig MT, Municio A, Medà MC. Universal neonatal hearing screening versus selective screening as part of the management of childhood deafness. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2005 [cited 29 Dec 2017];(2). Art. No.: CD003731. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD003731.pub2. Available from: