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Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2007 Annual Conference

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Why universal Newborn Hearing Screening (NHS) and early identification of hearing loss are Important?

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  • Hearing loss occurs more frequently than any other birth disorder.

According to the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, every day 33 babies (or 12,000 each year are born in the United States with permanent hearing loss. With 3 of every 1,000 newborns having a hearing loss, it is the most frequently occurring birth defect.

  • Undetected hearing loss can have serious negative consequences.

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