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Complete Health Indicator Report of Hearing Loss Positive Screening Follow-Up

Definition

Percentage of infants receiving audiologic follow-up after a positive screening for hearing loss by 3 months of age.

Numerator

Number of infants receiving audiologic follow-up after a positive screening for hearing loss by 3 months of age.

Denominator

Total number of infants who had a positive screening for hearing loss.

Data Interpretation Issues

Audiologic follow-up includes pass results on outpatient re-screening exams.

Why Is This Important?

In the United States, approximately 1 to 3 of every 1,000 newborns are affected by significant hearing loss. Without newborn hearing loss screening, the average age of hearing loss detection is about 2 1/2 years of age which can affect the speech development and language acquisition of the child. Treatment for significant hearing loss is recommended prior to 6 months of age to avoid irreversible and permanent speech, language, and cognitive impairments.

Healthy People Objective: Receipt of audiologic evaluation no later than age 3 months for infants who did not pass the hearing screening

U.S. Target: 72.6 percent
State Target: 80.0 percent

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey Objective MCH-13''': Increase the percentage of infants receiving audiologic follow-up after a positive screen for hearing loss by 3 months of age to 80%.

How Are We Doing?

In 2019, two-thirds of infants received an audiologic follow-up after a positive screening for hearing loss by 3 months of age. This is more than double the proportion followed-up in 2002 when universal newborn hearing screening was mandated in New Jersey. In many regions the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the delivery of health care services in 2020, including newborn hearing screening and follow-up services. As a result, infants born in late 2019 and needing follow-up services in 2020 may have had difficulties obtaining these services. Racial/ethnic disparities have decreased over time. In 2002, the lowest rate (that of Hispanics) was 46% below the highest rate (Asians). In 2019, the lowest rate (Blacks) was 26% below the highest rate (Asians).

What Is Being Done?

The [https://nj.gov/health/fhs/nbs/ehdi/ New Jersey Early Hearing Detection and Intervention] (EHDI) program works to ensure that all New Jersey children receive timely and appropriate screening, diagnosis, and intervention for hearing loss.

Available Services

The NJDOH [https://nj.gov/health/fhs/nbs/ehdi/ Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program]'s website offers information including * answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) * a speech and hearing checklist * a search tool to find hearing health care providers * a glossary of terms * educational brochures in several languages * links to other websites with information for parents of deaf and hard of hearing children

Health Program Information

NJDOH Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program: [https://nj.gov/health/fhs/nbs/ehdi/]

Data Tables


Percentage of Children Receiving Audiologic Follow-up In Three Months After a Positive Screening for Hearing Loss, by Year, New Jersey, 2002-2020

YearPercentage of Infants with Positive Hearing Loss Screening
Record Count: 19
200232.1%
200336.6%
200441.2%
200551.5%
200654.4%
200756.7%
200859.9%
200958.5%
201066.7%
201166.2%
201267.3%
201368.8%
201468.5%
201571.6%
201671.4%
201767.8%
201868.0%
201968.1%
202062.7%

Data Notes

This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective MCH-13.

Data Source

Early Identification and Monitoring Program, [https://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/sch/ Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services], Division of Family Health Services, New Jersey Department of Health


Percentage of Children Receiving Audiologic Follow-up In Three Months After a Positive Screening for Hearing Loss, by Race/Ethnicity, New Jersey, 2002-2020

Race/EthnicityYearPercentage of Infants with Positive Hearing Loss Screening
Record Count: 76
White200241.5%
White200340.1%
White200443.7%
White200560.3%
White200663.8%
White200764.5%
White200864.4%
White200966.3%
White201069.3%
White201170.9%
White201271.9%
White201372.9%
White201473.5%
White201574.8%
White201674.9%
White201772.3%
White201872.9%
White201972.8%
White202060.3%
Black200225.8%
Black200332.9%
Black200437.1%
Black200543.2%
Black200647.5%
Black200742.8%
Black200851.5%
Black200953.0%
Black201060.5%
Black201157.9%
Black201262.7%
Black201368.0%
Black201464.4%
Black201567.4%
Black201664.8%
Black201762.2%
Black201859.2%
Black201959.5%
Black202057.9%
Hispanic200223.6%
Hispanic200333.4%
Hispanic200439.7%
Hispanic200547.2%
Hispanic200649.7%
Hispanic200755.5%
Hispanic200859.0%
Hispanic200953.2%
Hispanic201064.0%
Hispanic201165.0%
Hispanic201263.3%
Hispanic201364.6%
Hispanic201467.6%
Hispanic201571.4%
Hispanic201669.1%
Hispanic201766.6%
Hispanic201865.6%
Hispanic201965.7%
Hispanic202064.7%
Asian/PI200243.6%
Asian/PI200343.9%
Asian/PI200447.2%
Asian/PI200558.4%
Asian/PI200665.0%
Asian/PI200771.6%
Asian/PI200868.3%
Asian/PI200970.5%
Asian/PI201081.5%
Asian/PI201178.2%
Asian/PI201279.1%
Asian/PI201376.6%
Asian/PI201473.4%
Asian/PI201577.1%
Asian/PI201679.9%
Asian/PI201771.5%
Asian/PI201879.6%
Asian/PI201980.1%
Asian/PI202071.8%

Data Notes

This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective MCH-13.   Data for Whites, Blacks, and Asians/Pacific Islanders do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes all races.

Data Source

Early Identification and Monitoring Program, [https://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/sch/ Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services], Division of Family Health Services, New Jersey Department of Health

References and Community Resources

Hearing Loss in Children: [http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/index.html]

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