Screening Newborns for Hearing Problems: Panel Identifies New Techniques, Calls for More Research

Universal Hearing Screening for Newborns

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Bethesda, Md., convened a panel to recommend ways to promote universal hearing screening programs for newborns.

It is estimated that at least 12,000 infants are born with hearing impairments each year in the United States and at least 50 percent are not identified until two or three years of age.

A March 1993 National Institutes of Health consensus conference recommended universal hearing screening for newborns, and universal screening has been adopted as a priority by the Department of Health and Human Services.