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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 179-182

Universal hearing screening vs targetted hearing screening: Make a choice

1 Shabda Brahma Speech and Hearing Centre, Ahmedabad, India
2 Department of ENT, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, India
3 Department of ENT, M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Vikas Sinha
Department of ENT, M.P. Shah Government Medical College, Jamnagar, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-7749.161023

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Introduction: Universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS) is mandatory in all developed country and is setting the trend in developing country too. Due to a large population, lack of education, less professionals, and limited access to such facilities in India few places targeted hearing screening (THS) is coming up. However, the comparison between UNHS and THS is less investigated till date. Aim of the Study: This study aimed to investigate the comparison between two hearing screening program that is UNHS and THS in the Indian context. Methods: In UNHS all the infants were screened at Tertiary Centre and for THS only infant with high-risk factors were screened at Advanced Audiological Centre. Further, all referral, screening, and diagnostic data were included in data analysis of both hearing screening program. Result: UNHS was difficult due to some system failure and a lot of time was wasted doing the different procedure. However, THS was much easier and false-positive and negative were lesser. Conclusion: In a vast population country with lack of manpower for the fi eld, it is important to have an alternative approach to the system for better outcome of the program.

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