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ADVOCACY PETITION show your support by MARCH 15, 2012

UNIVERSAL NEWBORN HEARING SCREENING

HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF I HEAR YOU?


ALBERTA is one of the FINAL four provinces in Canada WITHOUT Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

FOR EVERY 1000 BIRTHS, 1 TO 3 ARE BORN WITH A HEARING LOSS.... 50% OF THESE BABIES HAVE NO RISK FACTORS


diagnosing hearing loss can be

difficult and is often delayed

** Hearing loss is invisible and difficult to detect; without a technical screening test at birth, identification of a child with permanent hearing loss can on average take 2 years to diagnose ** Without technical screening of every baby, up to 50% of children with congenital hearing loss are initially identified as hearing ** Undiagnosed hearing loss has a multitude of adverse effects, including impaired development of speech and language, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial skills

THE UNIVERSAL NEWBORN HEARING SCREENING PROCESS

TWO METHODS FOR TESTING

AUTOMATED AUDITORY BRAINSTEM RESPONSE (AABR)

** A computerized test with pass-fail interpretation, which can be completed by volunteers, technicians, or nurses in addition to audiologists OTOACOUSTIC EMISSION (OAE)

** Auditory stimulus measuring the function of outer hair cells of the cochlea Less costly than the AABR but requires interpretation by an audiologist

IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY TO TEST A BABY’S HEARING....... BUT, IT CAN BE TOO LATE


IS YOUR BABY AT RISK? > Illness requiring admission of 48 hours or greater to the NICU > In-utero infection such as cytomegalovirus, syphilis, herpes,among others > Family history of hearing loss > Certain syndromes > Craniofacial abnormalities > Head trauma > Childhood infectious disess such as measles and mumps > Hyperbilirubinemia > Meconium aspiration at birth > Prolonged mechanical ventilation > Birth weight less than 1500 grams

SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS > Stops early babbling > Experiences fluid drain from ears > Frequently pulls at ears > Does not understand someone unless they are facing them > Prefers the volume up loudly on electronics > Has not spoken a single word by 12 months of age > Does not respond when called > Needs things to be repeated frequently EVEN KNOWING THIS INFORMATION...

WITHOUT UNIVERSAL NEWBORN HEARING SCREENING A CHILD’S HEARING LOSS MAY NOT BE DETECTED UNTIL 2 YEARS OF AGE, RESULTING IN SPEECH, LANGUAGE, AND SOCIAL DELAY


EARLY INTERVENTION WORKS ** Early amplification and intervention facilitates listening skills, and normal speech and language development ** Children diagnosed and treated before 6 months of age have language development equivalent of that compared to their hearing peers ** Early Lanuage development builds the foundation for the growth of reading and writing skills and success later in life

“THE CANADIAN PAEDIATRIC SOCIETY RECOMMENDS HEARING SCREENING FOR ALL NEWBORNS” PATEL & FELDMAN, CANADIAN PAEDIATRIC SOCIETY, 2011

HOW CAN YOU HELP? SUPPORT UNIVERSAL NEWBORN HEARING SCREENING BY LETTING OUR GOVERNMENT KNOW ALBERTA’S CHILDREN DESERVE A CHANCE

A 5 MINUTE TEST CAN CHANGE A LIFE FOREVER


Universal Newborn Hearing Screening