In Taiwan, the Taipei Mackay Memorial Hospital, in collaboration with the Children’s Hearing Foundation, initiated a free newborn hearing screening program using transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAE) in 1998. During 2003-2013, there were four major phases of implementation and promotion of universal newborn hearing screening program (UNHS) in Taiwan initiated by the government’s Bureau of Health Promotion. These included (1) establishment of “2004 Taiwan Guidance of Newborn Hearing Screening Program” ; (2) completion of “2008 Taiwan Consensus Statement on Newborn Hearing Screening”; (3) implementation of national government-funded UNHS program in 2012; (4)“2014 Taiwan UNHS revised guidelines”. In summary, in 2016, Taiwan national statistics indicate that for a total of near 200,000 babies the coverage rate of newborn hearing screening was up to 98.2%, the refer rate was 1.14%, the diagnostic rate was 83.16% and the incidence of congenital deafness was estimated to be 0.372%.
Hung-Ching, L. Chang, H. & Wen-Hui Hsieh, W. (2018). The Past, Present And Future Of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening in Taiwan. Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, 3(1), 54-56.
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