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What is the recommendation for repeat hearing screenings for monitoring a child’s hearing level after a positive cCMV screen?

There is not universal consensus on the timing and frequency of monitoring children’s hearing levels. The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing 2019 Position Statement recommends newborns diagnosed with cCMV receive a diagnostic follow-up no later than three months of age and every 12 months to age three or at shorter intervals based on parent concerns. Other entities recommend children with cCMV receive a full audiological diagnostic evaluation in the first six weeks of life, ongoing evaluations every six months until the child is four years of age, and an annual audiological assessment until six years of age. Audiological monitoring every three months is recommended when hearing levels change.

Testing for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

The Florida Department of Health, Newborn Screening (NBS) Program, is pleased to announce that beginning April 27, 2020, all newborns screened will be tested for a new condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). If you have any questions, please contact the