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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

The Need for Standardization of Methods for Worldwide Infant Hearing Screening: A Systematic Review

Olusanya, B. O., Somefun, A. O., et al. (2008).
Laryngoscope, 118, 1830-1836.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided No
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication No
Included studies are assessed for study quality No
Quality assessments are reproducible N/A

Description: This is a systematic review of infant hearing screening programs worldwide, including procedures for early detection and definitions of minimal hearing loss.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Infants

Intervention/Assessment: Infant hearing screening

Number of Studies Included: 27

Years Included: Not stated



There are significant variations among infant hearing screening programs worldwide and there is no uniform case definition. Improved hearing loss classification would improve uniformity.

Keywords: Deafness, Hearing Loss, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

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No clear clinical question, search strategy, or appraisal of evidence was provided.

Added to Compendium: March 2012

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