Earlier in 2014, Ireland screened the 100,000th baby to be tested for newborn hearing issues since rollout of UNHS concluded in 2013. Latest HSE figures show that: Each month, an average of 6,000 babies now receive a newborn hearing test. Of this total, 180 babies (3 per cent) are referred onward for further diagnostic testing. About nine
From November 7th, 2011, babies born at Waterford and Wexford Regional Hospitals can have free newborn hearing tests, in an opt-in programme that is also available to babies born outside of hospital in Waterford. These new hospital newborn hearing test programmes, costing in the region of €1.1 million annually, are part of the HSE’s Newborn Hearing Screening Programme for
The HSE’s National Audiology Review (NAR, April 2011) listed a priority as to “Implement a National Newborn Hearing Screening Programme” in Ireland. In addition to the HSE’s estimated, annual €11 million funding for audiology services, €3.7 million was made available to apply NAR recommendations. From this total, just under €2 million was to fund implementation
Cork University Maternity Hospital is now testing the hearing of newborn babies before they leave hospital, according to The Irish Times newspaper. The optional, free and non-invasive test is run while the baby is resting. A booklet, ‘Your Baby’s Hearing Screening Test‘ explains the full procedure. Further Reading * The HSE’s National Audiology Review document (April
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