Hearing loss by week of gestation and birth weight in very preterm neonates.

Paula van Dommelen, Paul H Verkerk, Henrica L M van Straaten

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OBJECTIVE: To gain insight into health and related costs associated with very preterm births, one needs accurate information about the prevalence of the disabling conditions, including neonatal hearing loss (NHL). STUDY DESIGN: We assessed the prevalence of NHL by week of gestation and categories of birth weight in very preterm neonates. Results of the 2-stage Automated Auditory Brainstem Response nationwide Newborn Hearing Screening Program in Dutch Neonatal Intensive Care Units and diagnostic examinations were centrally registered between October 1998 and December 2012 and included in this study. NHL was defined as impaired when the neonate conventional Auditory Brainstem Response level exceeded 35 dB near Hearing Level at diagnostic examination. Birth weight was stratified into /= 1500 g, and by small for gestational age (SGA; /= 1500 g to
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)840-3.e1
JournalThe Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


  • Birth Weight
  • Evoked Potentials, Auditory, Brain Stem
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gestational Age
  • Hearing Loss
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Mortality
  • Infant, Extremely Premature
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases
  • Male
  • Netherlands
  • Prevalence
  • Prognosis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • diagnosis
  • epidemiology
  • physiology
  • physiopathology
  • trends


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