Universal newborn hearing screening--the Colorado story

Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1995 Jul;32(3):257-9. doi: 10.1016/0165-5876(95)01183-c.


The Colorado State Public Health Department inaugurated a state-wide program of universal newborn hearing screening in 1992. A preliminary report covers the screening of 14,494 infants. 95% passed the screening tests, 5% failed. Of the failures, 6% were found with confirmed hearing losses. The average cost per test was $25.00. Research from the University of Colorado confirms that children receiving intervention by 3 months perform significantly higher at 40 months than those identified later.

MeSH terms

  • Awards and Prizes
  • Colorado
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Hearing Disorders / diagnosis
  • Hearing Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Hearing Tests
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Neonatal Screening* / economics
  • Neonatal Screening* / methods
  • Otolaryngology
  • Societies, Medical
  • United States