Newborn Hearing Screening in Developing Countries: Understanding the Challenges and Complexities of Implementation Universal newborn hearing screening (NBHS) has become the norm in the United States; however, this is not the case worldwide. Although the World Health Organization recommended in 2000 that “a policy for universal neonatal screening be adopted in all countries and communities with available rehabilitation services and that the policy ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2013
Newborn Hearing Screening in Developing Countries: Understanding the Challenges and Complexities of Implementation
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lata A. Krishnan
    Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Laurel K. Donaldson
    AuD Student, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Financial Disclosure: Lata Krishnan is a Clinical Professor at Purdue University. She received a 2011-2012 Service Learning faculty development grant and a Study Abroad and International Learning (SAIL) grant to develop an international service learning summer program in Zambia, Africa for undergraduate and graduate students. Laurel Donaldson, AuD student, has no financial interests related to the content of this article.
    Financial Disclosure: Lata Krishnan is a Clinical Professor at Purdue University. She received a 2011-2012 Service Learning faculty development grant and a Study Abroad and International Learning (SAIL) grant to develop an international service learning summer program in Zambia, Africa for undergraduate and graduate students. Laurel Donaldson, AuD student, has no financial interests related to the content of this article.×
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Lata Krishnan has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Laurel Donaldson has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Lata Krishnan has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Laurel Donaldson has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.×
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Article   |   October 01, 2013
Newborn Hearing Screening in Developing Countries: Understanding the Challenges and Complexities of Implementation
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, October 2013, Vol. 3, 54-61. doi:10.1044/gics3.2.54
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, October 2013, Vol. 3, 54-61. doi:10.1044/gics3.2.54

Universal newborn hearing screening (NBHS) has become the norm in the United States; however, this is not the case worldwide. Although the World Health Organization recommended in 2000 that “a policy for universal neonatal screening be adopted in all countries and communities with available rehabilitation services and that the policy be extended to other countries and communities as rehabilitation services are established,” there are many challenges to the implementation of NBHS in developing countries. These include limited funding, a shortage of qualified personnel, lack of infrastructure, inadequate support services for intervention, lack of awareness of the issue of early identification of hearing loss, and cultural stigma to hearing intervention. Despite these challenges, there has been some success in starting NBHS in some nations. This article reviews the progress made thus far and will serve to help professionals in the United States understand the challenges and complexities of implementing NBHS in developing countries.

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