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Hearing Screening


JACK

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Hi! In hospitals I have worked (i.e. in Stockholm) all infants (on the maternity wards / in the NICU) have been screened per the same protocol, with Oto-acustic emissions (OAE) after 24 h of age. Preterm infants from the NICU is screened at term/before discharge.

If the OAE is pathological, the investigation is repeated typically within 24-48 hours. If a pathological response is persisting, the infant is referred for further audiological evaulation and auditory brainstem responses (ABR) are controlled.

I am not an expert but OAE seems to give rather few false positive (pathological) responses. The investigation is done by a nurse assistant Mon-Fri.

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