Just five counties still offered no newborn hearing screening in 2006. Those are to join the rest of the country during 2007.
The implementation of a national newborn screening programme has been swift. In 2005, hearing screening was only available in 5 of the 21 counties.
Early identification important
Early identification of hearing impairment is extremely important. The ability to communicate develops primarily between birth and 36 months of age.
The earlier a hearing impaired child is diagnosed, fitted with a hearing aid and given special training, the better the child will manage as he or she grows up.
Source: Auris nr. 6, 2006