Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Date of Degree

10-2014

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Au.D.

Program

Audiology

Advisor

Barbara Weinstein

Subject Categories

Speech Pathology and Audiology

Abstract

Late identification of hearing loss can lead to speech and language delays, as well as social and academic difficulties. Neonatal hearing screening has reduced the age of identification of hearing loss in many developed countries. However, the practice is limited or non-existent in much of the developing world, such as sub-Saharan Africa. This systematic review used currently available literature to determine the status of neonatal hearing screening programs in sub-Saharan Africa and to develop a model program for the region. Results suggested a lack of neonatal hearing screening services in sub-Saharan Africa, stressing the need for more pilot hearing screening studies to be conducted. Such studies would establish the feasibility and efficacy of neonatal hearing screening programs in specific countries and pave the way for programs targeting children at risk for hearing loss. These programs would facilitate timely interventions in those diagnosed with congenital or early-onset hearing loss.

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