A critical review of the role of neonatal hearing screening in the detection of congenital hearing impairment

Davis A, Bamford J, Wilson I, Ramkalawan T, Forshaw M, Wright S
Record ID 31998008181
Authors' objectives:

To review the available literature on the screening of permanent childhood hearing impairment. To provide commissioners and providers of health care with information about how to deliver a more uniform service, better outcomes, and more cost-effective screening. To identify areas for further research and service development.

Authors' recommendations: Neonatal hearing screening in the UK has been successfully implemented for targeted screening (in over two-thirds of Districts) and universal screening (in two Districts). Universal neonatal screening has a lower running cost and much lower cost per child detected than HVDT. Coverage can be greater than 90% and specificity about 95%. Sensitivity has not yet been assessed but may be greater than 90% as indicated by the yield from the universal screening trial.
Project Status: Completed
URL for project: http://www.hta.ac.uk/911
Year Published: 1997
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England, United Kingdom
MeSH Terms
  • Hearing Disorders
  • Hearing Tests
  • Infant, Newborn
Organisation Name: NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme
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Contact Email: journals.library@nihr.ac.uk
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