[The benefit of systematic hearing screening of school-age children]

Rev Med Suisse. 2013 Oct 2;9(400):1780, 1782-4.
[Article in French]


The hearing is routinely tested in all newborns in most European countries. Thereafter, no hearing test is performed in a systematic way, despite the many conditions that can cause hearing loss in the first years of life. If language acquisition is possible with only one ear, even a unilateral hearing loss can be the cause of learning difficulties at school. In Geneva, a screening program for hearing deficit was introduced in 1955 in all primary schools of the canton. This paper shows the efficiency of the program, which can detect unnoticed deafness, sometimes in children whose neonatal screening had proved normal. Such a program should be applied to all private schools and to schools for disabled children.

MeSH terms

  • Age of Onset
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Female
  • Hearing Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Hearing Disorders / epidemiology
  • Hearing Tests / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Mass Screening / statistics & numerical data
  • School Health Services
  • Schools*
  • Severity of Illness Index