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Screening newborn babies for hearing defects is effective, pilot finds

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 18 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1176
  1. Pat Hagan
  1. London

    A new study has provided strong support for the programme to screen all newborn babies in England for hearing defects. Researchers from Manchester University's Audiology and Deafness Research Group tracked progress at 23 pilot sites over two years and found the screening programme effective at detecting hearing problems at a young age (Pediatrics 2006;117:887-93).

    It also found follow-up treatments, such as the fitting of hearing aids, happened on average within 16 weeks of the problem being diagnosed.

    “The results of this study are really very good,” said …

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