Early detection of hearing loss for infants in Western Australia: Comparison to international benchmarks

Allison Reid, Sarah Firns, Karina F.M. Tao, Erin Maywood, Hayley Herbert, Wilhelmina Mulders, Jafri Kuthubutheen, Christopher Brennan-Jones

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Aim: To assess the degree to which timely audiological assessment of congenital hearing loss is achieved at our institution - Perth Children’s Hospital, Western Australia, and to review cases which breached this timeframe in order to address barriers to timely assessment. The benchmark used to determine timely assessment is that set out by The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) in which diagnostic audiological testing occurs by three months of age for those who do not pass newborn hearing screening. Methods: A retrospective chart review of infants who underwent diagnostic auditory assessment at Perth Children’s Hospital between 2016-2019. A total of 151 children were identified as meeting the inclusion criteria and their medical files were reviewed. Time to first dABR was the time point for whether testing was achieved within the 3 month timeframe. Results: Of the 151 children who underwent dABR assessments, 1 was identified as having breached the 90 day time limit (tested on day 91) for which no valid reason for delay could be identified. The timely delivery of dABR assessments in 99.3% of cases within this cohort compares favourably with the literature. Conclusions: Conclusion Timely diagnostic audiological assessment is achievable for children with congenital hearing loss. The reasons for patients breaching this timeframe are explored in the paper along with factors which may help avoid delays.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-426
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Issue number3
Early online date13 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


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