Parents favor hearing screening

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A University of Michigan poll suggests that parents are strongly in favor of required hearing screenings for kids from birth to age 17.

The University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health asked a nationwide sample of parents of children 0-17 years old about whether they would support requirements for hearing screening.

Overall, two-thirds of parents said they supported hearing screening across all age groups. In the poll, 77 percent supported required hearing screening for 2- to 3-year-olds; 82 percent were in support for 6- to 7-year-olds; 71 percent for 10- to 11-year-olds; and 67 percent for 16- to 17-year-olds.

"Compared to other polls we have done on a variety of topics, the support for hearing screening among parents is quite remarkable,"says Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health and associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit in the University of Michigan Health System.

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