USPSTF Recommends Hearing Loss Screening for All Newborns

All newborns should be screened for moderate-to-severe bilateral congenital hearing loss, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force proposes in the latest issue of Pediatrics.


Updating its 2001 recommendation, the group advises that infants should have their hearing tested before they are 1 month old and those that do not pass the screening should be given audiologic and medical examinations before 3 months. If 10,000 newborns were screened, universal screening would diagnose seven more cases of hearing loss by age 3 months than targeted screening. The task force gives universal screening a grade B recommendation.


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