Screening of Newborn Hearing at a Tertiary Care Hospital in South India

  • Hosaagrahara Subbegowda Satish
  • Ramabhadraiah Anil KumarEmail author
  • Borlingegowda Viswanatha
Original Article


Hearing loss can have a devastating impact on the cognitive development and psychological well-being of children and their families. Newborn hearing screening should be given special attention especially in a country like ours where the burden of this disability is heavy. Screening all newborns irrespective of risk factors helps in better detection, and hence further management can be initiated at appropriate time. To implement newborn hearing screening at Vanivilas hospital and to estimate the incidence of hearing loss among the high risk groups. To create awareness about the need for detecting childhood deafness among parents and general population. To develop a centre of excellence for evaluation, intervention and rehabilitation for hearing impaired in a tertiary care hospital. Prospective study. All neonates born in Vanivilas Hospital attached to Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute underwent hearing screening using four stage protocols with otoacoustic emission (OAE) tests and final confirmation with Brainstem evoked response audiometry (BERA) tests. May 2015–May 2017. Number of newborns screened were 26,487, and 19 (0.717/1000) newborns were detected to have hearing impairment. The incidence of hearing loss among high risk group was 0.188/1000, and among the non risk group was 0.528/1000. Newborn hearing screening must be made mandatory and multi-staged protocol based screening for hearing loss should be implemented. This will make newborn screening programme more efficient and also will help in initiating treatment at an early stage so that further damage can be prevented.


Newborn hearing screening Early intervention Neonates 



This work was supported by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. We thank Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Dean & Director of Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute, staff members of ENT Department BMC&RI, patients and their families for actively participating in the study.


There search grant for this study was funded by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka. (RGU:R&D:Res.Wing:2014-15 dated:13-03-2015).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hosaagrahara Subbegowda Satish
    • 1
  • Ramabhadraiah Anil Kumar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Borlingegowda Viswanatha
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ENTBangalore Medical College and Research InstituteBengaluruIndia

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