Early detection programmes for congenital hearing loss have been successfully extended, especially in developed countries, overcoming conceptual errors argued against their implementation or critical to their effectiveness. However, some difficulties and weaknesses are identified in them: the detection of late-developing hearing loss and the percentage of children who did not pass screening and did not complete diagnosis or treatment, which are cases that are lost in the process.
This document analyses these problems to determine points of improvement and to focus on a basic principle for the success of the programmes: the ongoing training of the interdisciplinary team.
The outcome of the review work performed by CODEPEH is reflected in the recommendations made to update the programmes with the evidence that has emerged over the past decade, addressing advances in screening technology, the impact of current knowledge on congenital cytomegalovirus infection and genetic studies of hearing loss in the programmes, as well as systems to control the loss of cases in the process.
Additional informative material to this document: Brochure ” Update on the childhood hearing screening programmes. Detection ”
For your bibliography: CODEPEH (F. Núñez et al.) (2018) “Update on the programmes for the early detection of infant hearing loss: CODEPEH 2018 recommendations (Level 1 Detection)” FIAPAS Journal, October-December 2018, No. 167, Special. (2nd ed.). Madrid, FIAPAS 2019
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