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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 12, 2020

Discovering Why Some Infants Have Delayed Hearing Loss Detection

JAMA. 2020;323(18):1765. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.5825

Several socioeconomic factors were linked in a recent study with delayed hearing loss diagnoses in Minnesota infants. Launching initiatives to pinpoint these populations and identify infants with hearing loss more quickly could help reduce their risk of delayed speech and language development, the study’s authors noted.

Although newborn hearing screening has been widespread for more than a decade, the authors wrote that nationally, about 76% of infants who didn’t pass an initial screening test had definitive diagnostic testing within the recommended 3 months. Interventions for infants with hearing loss beginning in the first 6 months of life can reduce the risk of language delays.