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The UK NSC recommendation on Hearing screening in children

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme recommended
Last review completed July 2006
Next review due in 2015/16

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. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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