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15 years: 51,000 babies' hearing tested

21 February 2020

The hearing of more than 51,000 babies has been tested over the last 15 years since the Healthy Hearing Program was introduced at Logan Hospital.

Healthy Hearing Program Coordinator and Clinical Midwife Nicole Garratt said of those, 181 babies had been diagnosed with some form of permanent childhood hearing loss.

"This program enables us to provide the earliest possible detection and management of permanent childhood hearing loss," she said.

"Permanent childhood hearing loss, when not detected, can cause considerable delays in a child’s speech and language and future learning at school.

"Approximately two out of every 1000 babies will have a significant hearing loss, often without any other risk factors such as family history or other medical conditions."

Nicole said since starting at Logan Hospital in 2005, the Healthy Hearing had grown to a team of seven screeners operating across the Maternity Ward and Special Care Nursery.

"We also have 19 Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) midwives screening babies in the home and the community, which will grow to approximately 50 midwives by the end of 2020, making us the one of largest teams of midwives screening babies in the community, in Queensland."

Last updated 21 February 2020
Last reviewed 21 February 2020

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