Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Pilot implementation of newborn hearing screening programme at four hospitals in southern Thailand

Pittayapon Pitathawatchai, Wandee Khaimook & Virat Kirtsreesakul

Volume 97, Number 10, October 2019, 663-671

Table 2. Characteristics of those diagnosed with hearing loss because of a pilot hearing screening programme for newborns, Thailand, January–July 2017

Subject Type of hearing loss Air conduction threshold in the better ear (dBeHL) Bone conduction threshold in the better ear (dBeHL) Exposed to risk of hearing loss Additional disability Treatment Composite language scores at 1 yeara
1 Conductive 30 Normal No No Observation 103
2 Conductive 40 Normal Yes Trisomy 18 Observation 47
3 Conductive 30 Normal Yes No Observation 103
4 Conductive 50 Normal Yes No Observation 109
5 Conductive 55 Normal Yes Cleft palate Myringotomy with grommet insertion 94
6 Mixed 50 35 Yes Cleft palate Myringotomy with grommet insertion 91
7 Mixed ≤ 60b 35 No No Observation 103
8 Mixed 50 35 No No Observation 97
9 Mixed 40 30 Yes Cleft palate Myringotomy with grommet insertion 94
10 Sensorineural 70 > Maximum levels of 45 Yes Cerebral palsy Hearing aid 47
11 Sensorineural 60 > Maximum levels of 45 No No Hearing aid 100
12 Sensorineural 90 > Maximum levels of 45 No No Hearing aid 47

dBeHL: decibels estimated hearing levels

a We assessed children’s speech and language development by using the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, Third Edition, Thai version (Bayley-III, Thai).18 A score below 90 indicated a speech and language delay.

b The diagnostic assessment was incomplete as the subject could not sleep calmly during a whole testing session.