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School hearing screening programme in the UK: practice and performance
  1. S Fonseca1,
  2. H Forsyth2,
  3. W Neary3
  1. 1Consultant Community Paediatrician (Audiology), Clare House, St George’s Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Consultant Community Paediatrician (Audiology), Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK
  3. 3Consultant Community Paediatrician (Audiology), Child & Family Services Unit, Warrington, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr S Fonseca
    Clare House, St George’s Hospital, London SW17 0QT, UK;


Background: Paediatric audiology services and screening programmes are currently under review.

Aims and Methods: To investigate current practice and performance of the school hearing screening programme (SHSP) by means of a questionnaire.

Results: SHSP was found to detect previously unrecognised hearing loss at low cost. Wide variation in practice was shown, and the majority of services had no computerised system for data collection.

Conclusion: There is a need for nationally agreed protocols and quality assurance procedures.

  • CHI, conductive hearing impairment
  • SHSP, school hearing screening programme
  • SNHI, sensorineural hearing impairment
  • audiology
  • community child health
  • hearing impairment
  • school health
  • screening

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  • Competing interests: none declared

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