Hearing Screening Online Training Program

Newborn Hearing Screening

Approximately 1 to 2 of every 1000 infants born in the U.S. are born deaf or hard of hearing [1]. Hospitals with Universal Newborn Hearing Screening programs have reported between 1.96 and 3.30 infants per 1000 identified with permanent congenital hearing loss [3, 4, 5, 6]. It is estimated that 200 Minnesota infants, or 4 per week, are born each year with hearing loss [2].

Congenital hearing loss is the most common detectable disability in newborns. This invisible disability is 20 times more common in newborns than the metabolic blood disorder phenylketonuria (PKU) and 15 times more common than sickle cell anemia. Both PKU and sickle cell anemia are both disorders for which screening is routinely performed [7].



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