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Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

National survey of newborn hearing screening in Private Health sector

By Dept of Communication Pathology

Posted on 15 September 2011

Newborn hearing screening in the South African private health sector is insufficient, a new study shows.

This research project, done in the Department of Communication Pathology, showed that nationally only 53% of private sector obstetric units offer some form of newborn hearing screening. The vast majority of newborns nationally, considering the public health care sector also, do not have the opportunity to have their hearing screened.

This study recommends that hospital management and paediatric health services must prioritise hearing screening as part of standard of care birthing services.

The full article is available here

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