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Neonatal Netw. 2000 Mar;19(2):25-33.

Newborn auditory follow-up.

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Because hearing is a key component in the infant's development of speech, language, and cognition, early detection of infant hearing loss is critically important. The routine evaluation of hearing should include the identification of parental concerns regarding infant hearing as well as the assessment and diagnosis of infants with potential hearing impairment. Identification of hearing loss should be followed by early interventions to prevent developmental delays. This article promotes universal screening of newborn hearing. The article also provides a review of the embryogenesis of hearing and includes a breakdown of risks for hearing loss, recommendations for auditory testing, and suggestions for follow-up, early intervention, and support for families of infants with hearing impairment.

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