NHS Newborn Hearing Screening Programme gives children the best possible start
One to two babies in every 1,000 are born with a hearing loss.
Early identification allows clinicians and parents to provide the right type of support, and in partnership with the newborn hearing screening programme centre, we developed the online information and performance management system which holds data from every NHS maternity unit.
This national IT system takes results directly from the testing equipment to improve data quality and reduce the burden of administration.
Since the start of the NHS Newborn Hearing Screening Programme, eight million babies have had their hearing tested and the average time taken to identify hearing loss has dropped from three years to just three months.