Public Health Data Inventory

Newborn Hearing Screening


Significant hearing loss is one of the most common birth conditions with an estimated incidence of one to three per thousand live births. Since 2003, 100 percent of the birthing facilities in Nebraska have been conducting hearing screenings, consistent with the Neb. Rev. Stat. §71-4742 requirement that a hearing screening test be included as part of the standard of care for newborns.

Type of Data

The data are population-based for ongoing surveillance.

Data Collection Method and Availability

Fifty-eight (58) of the 59 birthing hospitals conduct the hearing screening during the birth admission and one conducts the screening on an outpatient basis following discharge. Hospital personnel enter data into the Nebraska Vital Records Systems. The data have been collected since 2007.

Related Links and Reports

Annual Data of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program

Newborn Screening Annual Reports

Data Contact

Nebraska Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program
Division of Public Health
Nebraska Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-1526

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