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Newborn Hearing Screening Associated With Benefits

Last Updated: October 19, 2010.

Newborn hearing screening -- compared to distraction hearing screening -- is associated with improved developmental outcomes in 3- to 5-year-olds with permanent hearing impairment, according to research published in the Oct. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

TUESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Newborn hearing screening -- compared to distraction hearing screening -- is associated with improved developmental outcomes in 3- to 5-year-olds with permanent hearing impairment, according to research published in the Oct. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Anna M.H. Korver, M.D., of the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, and colleagues write that the Netherlands replaced distraction hearing screening with newborn hearing screening between 2002 and 2006. They analyzed data from all children born in the Netherlands between 2003 and 2005, and identified all children with permanent childhood hearing impairment at the age of 3 to 5 years.

Assessing children with permanent hearing impairment, the researchers found that those born in regions with newborn hearing screening had higher developmental outcome scores compared to children in the distraction screening regions. The newborn screening group had higher mean social development, gross motor development, and quality-of-life scores.

"The results of the DECIBEL study add evidence to the presumed importance and effectiveness of the implementation of universal newborn hearing screening programs. Because this study was performed nationwide, among all children born in the Netherlands in three subsequent years, we believe our results can be generalized to other countries with universal hearing screening programs, but the feasibility and effectiveness of newborn hearing screening programs in other countries remain to be studied," the authors write.

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