2019 JCIH Guidelines – Newborn Hearing Screening

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2019 JCIH Guidelines – Newborn Hearing Screening

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Universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS) allows for early diagnosis and prompt intervention for infants who were born deaf or hard of hearing. The ability to ensure timely retesting for all infants who do not pass their newborn hearing screening test is critically important. Outpatient rescreening should be conducted as soon as possible after hospital discharge and always before one month of age.

In order to achieve timely diagnosis, rescreening should comprise a single valid rescreen of both ears in the same session, regardless of initial screening results, to ensure that fluctuation or progression in hearing levels are not missed.

“When the outpatient rescreen is performed by a pediatric audiologist, and the infant does not pass the rescreen in one or both ears, it is preferable that the diagnostic evaluation be initiated immediately (i.e., during the same appointment).”*

*The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (2019). Year 2019 Position Statement: Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs. The Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, 4(2), 1-44.

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