Referral rates and cost efficiency in a universal newborn hearing screening program using transient evoked otoacoustic emissions

J Am Acad Audiol. 1995 Jul;6(4):271-7.


Recently, a National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement recommended that all infants be screened for hearing prior leaving the birthing hospital using a two-stage screening process based on transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs). Although the value of identifying hearing loss before 1 year of age is widely recognized, the feasibility of universal newborn hearing screening using TEOAE is sometimes questioned because it is presumed that the technique has a high false positive rate and is not cost efficient. This paper presents new data for 4253 infants from an operational universal newborn hearing screening program using a TEOAE procedure that answers those arguments.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation*
  • Cochlea / physiology*
  • Hearing Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Neonatal Screening* / economics*
  • Referral and Consultation*