Routine Newborn Hearing Screening – An Indian Experience
International Journal of Pregnancy & Child Birth
Objective: Newborn Hearing Screening to detect the hearing problems in neonates has become a standard of care in the USA, Australasia and UK after recent guidelines. We undertook this as a routine procedure in our hospital since Jan 2007. Setting: Tertiary Maternity Hospitals in Bangalore, India. Participants: All babies born above 35 weeks at the hospital and were with the mothers during the first few days -and not requiring NICU admission. Results: Between a total of 30,600 neonates were
... neonates were screened using Newborn Hearing Screening. 75 neonates who failed screening, a thorough clinical examination by the neonatologists revealed that 58 babies had a false positive result and passed the test after a week and 17 babies were investigated with an audiogram by a Paediatric Audiologist and 8 out of those fifteen infants had hearing difficulties requiring treatment by an ENT Surgeon. Conclusion: These data confirm that Newborn Hearing screening of apparently well newborns should become a standard of care in India like many other developed countries and is very cost effective.