Universal newborn hearing screening pays off

Australia's introduction of universal hearing screening for all newborns has been vindicated by research showing that it has resulted in major improvements in detection, intervention and developmental outcomes.

Congenital hearing loss in children is detected up to 14 months earlier with universal newborn hearing screening compared with the previous risk-based and opportunistic screening methods, according to findings from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne.

Newborn screening also resulted in hearing aids being fitted 10