Centro di Medicina Preventiva Pediatrica, Patologia e Terapia Intensiva Neonatale, Università di Cagliari
EARLY IDENTIFICATION OF DEAFNESS IN INFANTS
Key words: Deafness, Neonatal screening, Hearing surveillance, BOEL test
Although a screening approach is widely
accepted as the method of choice for early
detection of hearing loss in infants, in spite
of recurring proposals of new methods, the
“ideal” procedure has not yet been found.
Thus, only limited success has been obtained
with screening programs.
The Author suggests thet better results can
be obtained with alternative strategies, based
on surveillance methods.
Longitudinal hearing surveillance based on
the central role of pediatricians and parents
can be pursued by using simple, not
invasive methods, like the BOEL test and