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February 6, 2002

Does Early Identification of Deaf Newborns Lead to Later Improvements in Language Skills?

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(5):587-588. doi:10.1001/jama.287.5.583

To the Editor: Dr Thompson and colleagues1 concluded that universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS) can identify newborns with permanent hearing loss earlier than otherwise possible, but they found no conclusive evidence that such early identification leads to long-term improvements in language skills. States (such as Florida) that have relatively new mandates for infant hearing screening need to provide statistics to their respective departments of health from their programs, which would provide more data in this regard.

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