Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2017 indicates that 98 percent of newborns are screened for hearing in the United States.

This tells us that 1.7 (almost two) out of 1,000 infants have congenital hearing loss. Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units have a higher number with 16.7/1,000 infants having a neurosensory hearing loss. Dr. Andrew Schuman in his article in “Contemporary Pediatrics” in May 2020 said the incidence of hearing loss by 6 years old is 6/1,000 children and 30 to 50/1,000 of American adolescents have hearing loss.

Sally Robinson is a clinical professor of pediatrics at UTMB Children’s Hospital. This column isn’t intended to replace the advice of your child’s physician.

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