04 September 2006

Every newborn to receive hearing screening

A national hearing screening programme aims to detect hearing problems within 48 hours of the birth of every newborn in Norway. The programme is to be fully implemented in 2007.

”We find that hearing loss in infants is often detected much too late. An early diagnosis is imperative in order to provide the earliest possible treatment with hearing aids or by cochlear implant, when necessary” explained Vibeke Johansen of the Norwegian HLF hearing organization in an organization statement.

Improved follow-up care for the children found to suffer from hearing loss will be implemented as part of the new screening programme.

Source: www.hlf.no, 15 June 2006

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