Barker MJ et al. – NICU screening offered within a larger universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS) program outperformed the stand–alone NICU hearing screening program on all measured parameters. Greater resourcing might address shortcomings of the stand–alone program but would also reduce its potential savings. The high loss to follow–up also argues against the often–advocated approach of referring all NICU infants for diagnostic audiologic testing, bypassing hearing screening altogether.Methods
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