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Newborns given early cure for deafness

SHANGHAI has screened over 1.14 million newborn babies for congenital hearing loss in the past 10 years and most of the affected children received early intervention within three months after birth, effectively improving their life quality.

Shanghai is one of the first cities in China to carry out hearing screening on all newborn babies and has set a world record in the number of children screened, said a Shanghai Health Bureau official today, the eve of the National Ear Care Day.

The incidence of congenital hearing loss is 0.3 percent in Shanghai, the official said.

To better prevent congenital hearing disorder, Shanghai has established a genetic hearing screening center at Xinhua Hospital. Since November 2009, the hospital has conducted genetic check on 3,000 high-risk couples and on women in early pregnancy. The practice has achieved good result.


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