A pre-paid newborn hearing screening programme: A community-based study

J. Y. Fan, L. S. Chen, J. C. Lai, M. K. Chen, H. C. Chen

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Objectives: To help obstetric hospitals and clinics to implement newborn hearing screening and to test the feasibility of a pre-paid model for screening. Patients and methods: From July 2005 to August 2008, we organised a coordinated newborn hearing screening team with portable automated auditory brainstem response (AABR) to provide in-patient screening after delivery and out-patient re-screening at one month of age in birthing facilities throughout Changhua County, Taiwan. This was a community-based study organised by otolaryngologists at a tertiary referral centre. Results: Ten medical facilities participated in our screening programme. 7,139 out of 12,901 neonates delivered in these facilities during the period were screened for hearing loss. 105 (1.47%) babies who did not pass the in-patient screening were re-screened at one month old. Forty (0.56%) babies referred from the re-screening were sent for diagnostic work-up and six of them failed to show up. The overall follow-up rate was 94.3% (99/105). Eleven babies with bilateral hearing loss and eight babies with unilateral hearing loss were diagnosed. The incidence of bilateral hearing loss in our programme was 1.5/1000. The screening rate descended from medical centre to clinic (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-269
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


  • Automated auditory brainstem response
  • Community-based
  • Hearing screening
  • Newborn
  • Pre-paid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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