Quirino PMC opens newborn hearing screening center

  • March 09, 2017
  • Thelma C. Bicarme

CABARROGUIS, Quirino, March 9 (PIA) - - The Quirino Province Medical Center recently launched the Newborn Hearing Screening Center here in time for the celebration of World Hearing Day.


Dr. Jeanette R. Plete, otolaryngologist, said the hearing screening center is classified under Category A and the hearing test is done through Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) which consists of a machine placed in the ear canal that will introduce a certain sound.


She said the center has the capacity to do hearing loss screening and could also provide for the preventive aspect of the hearing impairment.


Assessment is done at the QPMC with the following schedules: Cabarroguis-anytime; Saguday-every first week of the month; August-second week; Diffun-third week and Maddela snd Nagtipunan-fourth week. A testing fee of P250 shall be charged on the patient.


Plete said Republic Act 9709, or the “Act that establishes the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening for the Prevention, Early Diagnosis, and Intervention of Hearing Loss”, provides for the mandatory hearing screening of all Filipino newborns.


She said all newborns, whether hospital born, out of hospital born, high risk, no high risk or re-admitted must undergo newborn hearing screening as described in the Section 6 of the Act. (ALM/TCB/PIA 2-Quirino)

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