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J Am Acad Audiol. 1995 Jul;6(4):271-7.

Referral rates and cost efficiency in a universal newborn hearing screening program using transient evoked otoacoustic emissions.

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Department of Communication Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs 06269-1085, USA.


Recently, a National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement recommended that all infants be screened for hearing prior leaving the birthing hospital using a two-stage screening process based on transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs). Although the value of identifying hearing loss before 1 year of age is widely recognized, the feasibility of universal newborn hearing screening using TEOAE is sometimes questioned because it is presumed that the technique has a high false positive rate and is not cost efficient. This paper presents new data for 4253 infants from an operational universal newborn hearing screening program using a TEOAE procedure that answers those arguments.

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