The birth of Prince George on July 22 has brought attention to all aspects of childhood, whether it be the joys of early parenthood or the excitement felt by grandparents and great-grandparents at the news of an addition to the family. The Royal Baby frenzy also drew attention to new-born health care, shining a light on the fact the United Kingdom is a leader in childhood health, including hearing tests.
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) offers hearing screenings within the first few weeks of life, which identifies those babies who will need follow-up care. The health provider says 99.8% of parents utilize the free hearing screening. The NHS reports that of every 1,000 babies born, one or two will have hearing loss in one or both ears. In the past seven years, the NHS has screened four million babies for hearing loss and more than 5,200 cases of permanent childhood deafness was detected in one or both ears, the World Health Organization says.
The Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP) has a set of national standards. Among them is a rule that each screening must be offered and completed for all "well babies in hospital-based programmes" by four weeks of age.
Ever wonder how they test a baby's hearing? See the video below...
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