What does the newborn hearing screening involve?
Since 2006, each newborn in the Netherlands has been offered a hearing test. The hearing test is usually offered together with the heel-prick test, between the fourth and seventh day of life. If the test does not show a sufficient response from one or both of the baby’s ears the test may be repeated twice, if necessary. If these further tests also show no sufficient response from both ears, the child will be referred to an Audiology Centre for further diagnosis and, if necessary, treatment. The newborn hearing screeningonderzoek can detect hearing impairment in the first few months of life, so treatment can be started before the child reaches the age of six months. This has been shown to have a positive effect on language and speech development.
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVMRijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu National Institute for Public Health and the Environment ) is actively involved in this topic. Unfortunately, most information is currently available only in Dutch.
RIVM protects and promotes human health and environmental quality. It acts as the Dutch government’s main centre of expertise in these areas.
Centre for Population Screening
Att. Programme Coordinator Newborn hearing screening