The UK NSC recommendation on Hearing screening in children
||Systematic population screening programme recommended
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Following the introduction of newborn screening, most cases of hearing impairment will be identified before school entry, however there will be some cases that were missed or have developed after the test. The Child Health Sub-Group of the UK NSC made recommendations that screening for hearing loss in school age children should continue while further research was being undertaken.
The update of hearing in children has been delayed until the publication of an HTA trial, which will evaluate Cost-effectiveness of screening for permanent hearing loss in children at school entry. This is expected to be published in 2016 and the UK NSC review will commence shortly after, with the expected policy decision date being revised accordingly.
Find general information about population health screening.
More about Hearing (child)
Hearing should be tested at school entry.
» Read more about hearing impairment on NHS Choices
• Action on Hearing Loss
• Communication Trust
• Institute of Child Health
• National Deaf Children's Society
• Royal College of General Practitioners
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed.
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More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.
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