CURRENT DEVELOPMENT, ISSUES AND CHALLENGES OF UNIVERSAL NEWBORN HEARING SCREENING PROGRAM IN MALAYSIA

Abdul Halim Abdul Majid, Mohd Normani Zakaria, Nor Azimah Chew Abdullah, Sulaiman Hamzah, SitiZamratol-Mai Sarah Mukari

Abstract


This concept paper highlights what is UNHS, aims of UNHS, current development, issues and challenges related to the UNHS’s implementation in general and in Malaysia.It is discernible that UNHS aims at enhancing the process of timely detection of possible hearing loss. By going through the screening, there will be benefits not only to caregivers but also to the newly born babies. Though there are pressing issues and challenges, all need to be well addressed. Some of the possible solutions to overcome thoseissues and challenges could be: to intensify public awareness about the worth of UNHS and its aftermath; to hire dedicated medical workers who would laterprovide ongoing training;to enforce as well as to check the application and aftermaths of newborns screening; and to effectively communicate with caregivers.

Keywords


Newborn Hearing Screening, UNHS, Issues, Challenges, Current Development, Malaysia.

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