DOVER-FOXCROFT — A newborn hearing screening program will begin at Mayo Regional Hospital’s Obstetrics Department on Thursday, Jan. 15.
All newborns will be screened before going home, using the ALGO Newborn Hearing Screener.
The screening equipment produces 35-decibel clicks at each ear through foam-cushioned earphones, and the auditory brainstem response is monitored by sensors attached to the infant.
The ALGO screener analyzes response and compares it with that of normal infants. Abnormal responses result in referral and follow-up testing. The screening system is used at 700 U.S. hospitals as a result of the 1993 National Institutes of Health recommendation for universal detection of hearing impairment.
Early detection may result in educational cost savings of more than $6,000 per year for each child. Testing costs only $30 per baby.