Recent national surveys in the private and public health care sectors of South Africa reveal that roughly 90% of newborns have no prospect of having their hearing screened. Undetected hearing impairment can lead to persistent language, speech and cognitive delays with serious social and economic consequences for the individual. Here, a new model for community-based infant hearing screening in the South African primary healthcare system is described and the viability of its use in the South African context is considered. Read more here.
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