15th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA
South Korea has about 460 thousand neonates every year. We have very low birth rate and our fertility rate is the lowest in the world. Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare (KMHW) has been supported early newborn hearing loss detection program from 2007. The aim of this study is to explain Korea NHS system and investigate the results of national NHS from 2007 through 2013 (7 years). In order to launch a nationwide program, a stepwise approach was performed. First, we investigate the incidence of newborn hearing loss (HL) via a nationwide sample survey in 2006 year. In 2007 and 2008 year, the 1st and 2nd national exhibition NHS projects were implemented in 32 regions. The 3rd national NHS project for low income babies have been conducted in all area from 2009 through 2010. A major drawback of nationwide program in Korea was poor follow up rate and missing babies during tracking. From 2009, we adopted a coupon system to solve these problems. A free coupon is issued to pregnant women at the public health center. The coupon consists of two parts, screening and confirming part with same ID. The collected coupons were sent to the KMHW to get reimbursement. By analysis coupons, a tracking can be possible. The average hearing loss rate was about 5 per 1,000 babies (> 40dBnHL) and average refer rate was 1.5%. We have been recommended that the average repetition of screening test was two times, but there were some clinics doing screening test even more than 10 times. When we broke down the data, the referral rate from private women’s clinic was much lower than that of general hospital. A significant low referral rate (0.36%) raised a serious doubt about the quality of NHS program at private clinic such as false negative cases.
- How to start newborn hearing screening in Korea
- Coupon based newborn hearing screening system
- The characteristics of Korean newborn hearing screening
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(Primary Presenter), The Korean Audiological Society, firstname.lastname@example.org;
2007-2013 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngolgy-Head and Neck Surgery, Colllege of Medicine, Hallym University, Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital 2014-2015 Associate Professor, Same hospital as above 2007-2015 Principal Researcher of Early Detection of Newborn Hearing Loss Project of Division of Population Policy, the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare
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(Co-Presenter), Seoul National University College of Medicine, email@example.com;
Professor of Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine Principal Researcher of Early Detection of Newborn Hearing Loss Project of Division of Population Policy, the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare Chairman of Korean Otological Society