The child in the community: nursing makes a difference| Volume 18, ISSUE 6, P421-422, December 2003

Children hearing

      A recent report from the
      National Hearing Health Campaign
      tells us that efforts toward Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) have reached 86.5% of infants in the US, up from 25% in 1999. The report also showed that 40 states are screening 90% or more infants; 5 states are screening 80–90% (IA, LA, MD, PA, and SD); and 6 states, less than 79% (AK, CA, NH, ND, OH, and WA-legislation pending). The Deafness Research Foundation funds the National Campaign for Hearing Health, a nationwide effort to identify Americans with significant hearing loss and support efforts for appropriate treatment. The foundation noted in this report that the Bush Administration had eliminated funding in its FY2004 budget for hearing screening and treatment programs. This is particularly troubling since, according to this foundation, hearing loss is the most common birth defect, with 33 affected infants born every day in our nation.
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