Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Newborn Hearing Screening: A Canadian Historical Perspective

 
Author(s) Andrée Durieux-Smith, PhD
Andrew Stuart, PhD
Volume 24
Number 2
Year 2000
Page(s) 44-47
Language English
Category
Keywords newborn
hearing
screening
children
loss
child
Abstract This paper discusses the initiatives that have been undertaken, in Canada, over the last thirty-five years to promote the importance of the early identification and management of hearing loss in children. Several task forces and conferences have taken place over the years and recurrent themes have consistently been identified. These include the methods to identify hearing loss in newborns and infants, the population to be screened and the need to educate primary care physicians, health care professionals, and parents on the signs of hearing loss in children. More recently data management and tracking systems have emerged as essential components of any screening program. Several recommendations have been formulated over the years but few have been followed. Recently, two provinces have announced that funding has been allocated to develop screening programs. These initiatives should allow Canada to start moving beyond the recommendation stage.



Le présent article retrace les initiatives prises au Canada au cours des 35 dernières années pour fair valoir l'importance du dépistage et de l'intervention précoces et du contrôle de la surdité ches les enfants. Plusieurs groupes de travail et congrès ont eu lieu au fil des ans et ont fait ressortir des thèmes réccurents. Parmi ceux-ci, on retrouve les méthodes pour indentifier la surdité chez les nouveau-nés et les bébés, la population chez qui il faut faire du dépistage et le besoin d'enseigner aux médecins, aux professionnels de la santé et aux parents les signes de la surdité chez les enfants. Plus récemment, des systèmes de gestion des données et de suivi sont venus s'ajouter aux composantes essentielles de tout programme de dépistage. Plusieurs recommandation ont été formulées au fil ans, mais peu ont été mises en pratique. Récemment, deux provinces ont annoncé qu'elles avaient accordé un financement pour élaborer des programmes de dépistage. Ces initiatives devraient permettre au Canada de commencer à aller au-delà de stade des recommandations.
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Link http://cjslpa.ca/files/2000_JSLPA_Vol_24/No_02_33-92/Durieux-Smith_Staurt_JSLPA_2000.pdf
 
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