Auditory Verbal Therapy: Guide

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Newborn Hearing Screening Programme

In the UK there has been substantial investment in the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP).  The NHSP was introduced first in England from 2001, extending to Scotland in 2003, Wales in 2004 and Northern Ireland in 2005.  This roll out was based on the premise that outcomes for deaf children could be improved by early identification of hearing loss and effective, early intervention (Yoshinaga-Itano, Sedey, Coulter, & Mehl, 199813; Davis et al., 19976).

The NHS provides an overview of screening tests on their website.

I2013, a performance report on the first seven years of the programme was published.  This illustrated that the NHSP had improved continuously, identifying bilateral permanent childhood Hearing Loss (PCHL) in about 1/1000 children.  The report also showed that the age of identification and management was well within the first six months of life.  However scope remained for further improvement with respect to initiating entry into follow up.

The last statistical report for England was published in 2008

Newborn hearing screening: standards data report April 2017 to March 2018