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Feasibility and effectiveness of a population-based newborn hearing screening in an economically deprived region of Italy.
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PMID:  23357779     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIM: To describe the effectiveness of a population-based newborn hearing screening program in an economically deprived region of southern Italy. METHODS: A screening protocol was proposed for all newborns of the Campania region, starting on January, 2007. For infants identified with hearing loss, information on degree and type of hearing loss and presence of risk factors was collected. RESULTS: The infants born in the 3-year study period were 182,188. Among them, 146,026 (80%) were tested with OAE. Sensorineural hearing loss ≥40dBnHL was established for 159 infants (1.1×1000). Among the NICU and WIN infants, the rate of hearing loss was respectively 9×1000 and 0.67×1000. Follow-up information was available for 111 children (70%), as 48 (30%) got care in other regions or health facilities. Most infants were fitted hearing aids by 1 month after diagnosis and 15 children (13.5%) received a cochlear implant at a mean age of 25 months (SD 10). CONCLUSIONS: Even in a setting of population poverty, a universal newborn screening program can deliver satisfactory outcomes. The coverage and the tracking system of the program need to be improved, as well as the cooperation between public and private health services.
Alfredo Pisacane; Gennaro Auletta; Fabiana Toscano; Monica Errichiello; Francoise Barrier; Pasquale Riccardi; Carla Laria; Rita Malesci; Grazia Isabella Continisio; Paola Continisio; Luigi Barruffo; Annamaria Franzè; Elio Marciano
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-8464     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Pediatr. Otorhinolaryngol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003603     Medline TA:  Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Centro di Riferimento Regionale per lo screening neonatale dei disturbi permanenti dell'udito- Regione Campania, Napoli, Italia.
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