Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program

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Technical assistance is available to primary care physicians, birth hospitals and pediatric audiologists. Please contact the Pennsylvania Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program for further information.

Pennsylvania Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program
Bureau of Family Health
Division of Newborn Screening & Genetics
625 Forster Street
7th Floor, East Wing
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0701
717-783- 8143 or 1-877-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
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Children who have cochlear implants rank their quality of life as equal to their normal hearing peers according to research reported in the February 2010 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Since the incidence of sensory, as well as neural hearing loss is approximately ten-times higher in the NICU versus well-baby nursery, A-ABR is the recommended screening technology for use in the NICU population (JCIH 2007).

If a newborn does not pass the screening, it is acceptable to repeat the screening one time during the same session using the same technology, especially in those cases when the recording conditions were not optimal either due to timing, noise conditions, or state of the newborn.

The primary care provider is to be notified of the results of the newborn hearing screening.

Hospitals, birth centers and midwives are to notify the PA Department of Health of the hearing screening results of every newborn.

Audiologists should submit the PA Department of Health form "Diagnostic Evaluation Reporting Form" for all babies and children seen for a diagnostic audiologic evaluation.

The Newborn Hearing Screening Guidelines outline the steps involved in a diagnostic audiologic evaluation on pages 7 and 8.

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