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Historical Moments in Newborn Hearing Screening

1965 - Babbidge Report (Report to the Secretary of HEW). 1

  • Recommended the development and nationwide implementation of "universally applied procedures for early identification and evaluation of hearing impairment."


1967
- Recommendations from the National Conference on Education of the Deaf 2

  • High-risk register to facilitate identification.
  • Public information campaign.
  • Testing of infants and children 5-12 months of age should be investigated.


1988
- Commission on Education of the Deaf 3

  • Reported the average age of identification for profoundly deaf children in the US was 2 1/2 years.


1988
- An advisory group of national experts convened

  • Advisory group selected by the U.S. Department of Education and Bureau of Maternal and Child Health to advise the government about the feasibility of developing early identification guidelines. 4
  • Recommended that the federal government fund demonstration projects to expand and document systematically the cost efficiency of proven techniques already in existence but infrequently used.


1988
- Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop issued a challenge 5

  • That by the year 2000, 90% of children with significant hearing loss be identified by 12 months of age.


1990
- Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) - Position Statement 6

  • Recommended that high-risk infants be screened prior to their discharge from the hospital and no later than 3 months after their birth.


1990
- Healthy People 20007

  • Goal: To reduce the average age at which children with significant hearing impairment are identified to no more than 12 months by year 2000.


1993
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Program 8

  • Recommended all newborns be screened for hearing loss before leaving the hospital.


1994
- The JCIH Position statement 9

  • Recommended that "all infants with hearing loss should be identified before 3 months of age and receive intervention by 6 months of age."


1999
- The American Academy of Pediatrics endorses:10


2000
- The JCIH Year 2000 Position Statement:11


2001
- Healthy People 2010: 12

  • Goal 28-11: Increase the proportion of newborns who are screened for hearing loss by age 1 month, have audiologic evaluation by age 3 months, and are enrolled in appropriate intervention services by age 6 months.

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References

  1. Babbidge. Education of the Deaf in the United States: Report of the Advisory Committee on Education of the Deaf. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995.
  2. U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Education of the Deaf: The Challenge and the Charge. A Report of the National Conference on Education of the Deaf. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1998.
  3. Commission on Education of the Deaf. Toward Equality: Education of the Deaf. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1988.
  4. Advisory Group on the Early Identification of Children with Hearing Impairments. Minutes of the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health/Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Advisory Group on the Early Identification of Children with Hearing Impairments. Washington, DC: Bureau of Maternal and Child Health. 1988.
  5. Mauk G.W., Behrens T.R. Historical, political, and technological context associated with early identification of hearing loss. Seminars in Hearing, 1993;14: 1-17.
  6. Joint Committee on Infant Hearing. 1990 position statement. American Speech/Language Hearing Association,1991; 33(Suppl. 5): 3-6.
  7. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service. Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1990.
  8. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Statement. Early Identification of Hearing Impairment in Infants and Young Children, 1993; 11(1):1-24.
  9. Joint Committee on Infant Hearing. 1994 position statement. Pediatrics, 1995; 95: 152-156.
  10. American Academy of Pediatrics Newborn and Infant Hearing Loss: Detection and Intervention. Pediatrics 1999; 103(2): 527-530.
  11. Joint Committee on Infant Hearing. 2000 position statement.
  12. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service. Healthy People 2010: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000.

 

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