American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

EBP Compendium: Summary of Clinical Practice Guideline

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Universal Screening for Hearing Loss in Newborns

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2008).
Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

AGREE Rating: Highly Recommended

Description:

This guideline provides recommendations for the universal screening for hearing loss in newborns. While only one recommendation is made in this guideline, additional information and an evidence synthesis is presented in supporting documents. 

Recommendations:

  • Assessment/Diagnosis
    • Assessment Areas
      • Hearing - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all newborn infants be screened for hearing loss with a level B evidence grade. This means that "there is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial" (p. 144). 

Keywords: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, Hearing Loss

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Note:

Reviewed with the following:

Universal Screening for Hearing Loss in Newborns: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. (2008).  Pediatrics, 122(1), 143–148.

Nelson, H. D., Bougatsos, C., and Nygren, P.(2008). Universal Newborn Hearing Screening: Systematic Review to Update the 2001 US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation. Pediatrics, 122(1), e266–e276.

Added to Compendium: November 2011

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