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Outcome of newborn hearing screening - a tertiary care centre experience

Authors:Kriti Gulati, Pirabu Sakthivel, Achal Gulati, M.S., Siddarth Ramji
Int J Biol Med Res. 2016; 7(2): 5574-5581  |  PDF File


Objective: To assess the prevalence of neonatal hearing loss using a 3-phase newborn hearing screening protocol at a tertiary care hospital in New Delhi. Method: New born hearing screening was carried out at a tertiary hospital in Delhi using a)a field tested questionnaire to assess the risk factors, b)hearing screening using OAE for all newborns and c)advanced audiological testing using BERA for newborns failing OAE twice and those admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. Result: Of the total 14,123 neonates screened a total of 55 newborns failed the screening tests of which 36 newborns had one or more risk factors. BERA (conducted on both newborns who had failed OAE twice as well as high risk neonates admitted in the NICU) confirms a total of 47 newborn with hearing loss. Conclusion: The target population showed relatively lower level of incidence compared to the published reports from other parts of India.