case study


Newborn hearing screening

The NHS newborn hearing screening programme aims to identify deafness and hearing impairment in newborn babies through a simple test completed shortly after birth.

The need for a screening programme

The early identification of hearing impairment gives children a better chance of developing speech and language skills, and of making the most of social and emotional interaction from an early age.


One to two babies in every 1,000 are born with a hearing impairment in one or both ears, the majority into families with no experience or history of hearing loss.

8 million

newborn babies have been tested since the programme started

3 months

on average to identify a hearing impairment (down from 3 years)

Partnering with NPS

In partnership with the newborn hearing screening programme centre (England), NPS developed an online information and performance management system which holds data from every NHS maternity unit.


It means clinicians can act sooner to provide better follow-up services to newborn babies identified with moderate, severe and profound deafness, and hearing impairment. The national system takes results directly from the testing equipment which improves data quality and reduces the burden of administration.

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