Two newborn babies are asleep under a shared blanket. One wrist has a hospital identification band fastened to it.

This article explains why it is important to identify hearing loss in newborn babies, why this is still not happening in many developing countries, and how to solve this problem. At present, most developed countries screen all newborn babies for hearing loss. But many developing countries do not. The author explains the possible role of country governments, multilateral and donor organizations, private and nongovernmental organizations, and public-private partnerships.

This article is old, but some of its information may still be relevant today.

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