Universal newborn hearing screening, a revolutionary diagnosis of deafness: real benefits and limitations

  title={Universal newborn hearing screening, a revolutionary diagnosis of deafness: real benefits and limitations},
  author={George X. Papacharalampous and Thomas P. Nikolopoulos and Dimitrios I Davilis and Ioannis E. Xenellis and Stavros G. Korres},
  journal={European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology},
The finding that early detection of permanent congenital childhood hearing loss produces worthwhile benefit in terms of improved speech and language provides the rationale for the universal screening of newborns. The aim of the present study is to collect the current evidence with regard to the efficacy, the results and outcomes of universal hearing screening programs. An extensive search of the literature was performed in Medline and other available database sources. Study selection was based… 
Universal newborn hearing screening: methods and results, obstacles, and benefits
The aim of this review is to present the objectives, benefits, and results of newborn hearing screening programs including the pros and cons of universal vs. selective screening.
Main outcomes of a newborn hearing screening program in Belgium over six years.
Hearing screening and diagnosis in a large sample of infants in Central China
Bilateral referrals were more likely to suffer greater degrees of hearing loss than unilateral referrals, and jaundice, infection, asphyxia and low birth weight were the major aetiologies of neonatal hearing loss.
Infant hearing loss: from diagnosis to therapy Official Report of XXI Conference of Italian Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
  • G. Paludetti, G. Conti, A. Fetoni
  • Medicine
    Acta otorhinolaryngologica Italica : organo ufficiale della Societa italiana di otorinolaringologia e chirurgia cervico-facciale
  • 2012
This review addresses the innovative evidences on aetiology and management of deafness in children, including universal neonatal screening, advances in genetic diagnosis and the contribution of neuroimaging.
Combined TEOAE/ABR is the gold standard examination for NICU infants due to the increased incidence of HL, especially ANSD, in this high-risk population.


Universal newborn hearing screening: summary of evidence.
Modern screening tests for hearing impairment can improve identification of newborns with PHL, but the efficacy of UNHS to improve long-term language outcomes remains uncertain.
Universal newborn hearing screening in Singapore: the need, implementation and challenges.
Universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS) is the only effective way of detecting all babies with hearing loss, within the recommended time frame, and effective programme management is essential.
Potential pitfalls of initiating a newborn hearing screening program.
Screening with TEOAE was sufficiently specific for universal screening, however, the universal newborn screening program was unable to achieve truly universal screening.
Universal infant hearing screening by automated auditory brainstem response measurement.
Mild, moderate, and severe bilateral, persistent hearing loss can be identified in the nursery by automated auditory brainstem response measurement to provide amplification before age 6 months and thus optimize speech and language development.
Universal neonatal audiological screening: experience of the University Hospital of Pisa
The early identification of pre-lingual deafness is necessary to minimize the consequences of hearing impairment on the future communication skills of a baby, and Transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAE) is the most adequate test because it's accurate, economic and of simple execution.
Benefits and costs of universal hearing screening programme.