There are national and state initiatives that supported the universal newborn hearing screening
program by facilitating program availability and accessibility for families, identifying standards of care for health providers, reducing costs through funding, and mandating services through legislation.
He is currently drawing up a proposal for establishing universal newborn hearing screening
in the Free State province as part of primary healthcare re-engineering.
Referral rates and cost efficiency in a universal newborn hearing screening
program using transient evoked otoacoustic emissions.
15-12] The profound benefits to the child with congenital hearing loss, as well as the economic benefit to society in general, have been well established and underpin the motivation for all countries to provide universal newborn hearing screening
And earlier this year the AAP issued a position statement on universal newborn hearing screening
that mirrors the recommendation from the joint committee.
The feasibility of universal newborn hearing screening
in a community hospital, however, has not been demonstrated.
CCC-A, Audiology Coordinator for the PHHS Universal Newborn Hearing Screening
Program, explained, "Identification of hearing impairment before hospital discharge and appropriate follow-up intervention can make a critical difference in an infant's future speech and language potential.
1,3,8) From an economic perspective the burden on families, communities and countries has led many countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA, to adopt universal newborn hearing screening
programmes as standard practice in neonatal care.
As a result of limited budget allocation and resources, universal newborn hearing screening
(UNHS) is extremely limited in developing countries such as South Africa.
And babies born during periods with universal newborn hearing screening
have higher language scores in childhood than babies who were not screened for hearing deficits at birth.