The Evidence for Universal Newborn Hearing Screening We welcome the opportunity to offer our thoughts regarding universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS) and the factors that now make it compulsory that we pursue its implementation with due vigor. While there have been many valid reasons in past years for questioning the wisdom of undertaking programs nationwide, we believe ... Face-to-Face
Face-to-Face  |   December 01, 2001
The Evidence for Universal Newborn Hearing Screening
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Christie Yoshinaga-Itano, PhD
    University of Colorado, Speech, Language & Hearing Science, Box 409, Boulder, CO 80309-0409
  • Judith S. Gravel
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Early Identification & Intervention / Face-to-Face
Face-to-Face   |   December 01, 2001
The Evidence for Universal Newborn Hearing Screening
American Journal of Audiology, December 2001, Vol. 10, 62-64. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2001/013)
History: Received June 18, 2001 , Accepted September 21, 2001
 
American Journal of Audiology, December 2001, Vol. 10, 62-64. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2001/013)
History: Received June 18, 2001; Accepted September 21, 2001
We welcome the opportunity to offer our thoughts regarding universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS) and the factors that now make it compulsory that we pursue its implementation with due vigor. While there have been many valid reasons in past years for questioning the wisdom of undertaking programs nationwide, we believe the arguments for implementation far outweigh those against. Moreover, given the current state of available technology and research, we believe it would be unprofessional not to continue the efforts over the past eight years that have brought us to this long-desired opportunity to provide access to early intervention services for all babies with permanent hearing loss. We do not suggest that we can fall back in our goal of identifying hearing loss throughout childhood, nor that our current “universal” model for newborn screening will go unrefined. However, until hearing health-care service delivery can be guaranteed for all children, screening newborns before hospital discharge appears to be the right plan at the right time. We offer the following evidence in support of UNHS.
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