Title National screening program will test Aussie kids for hearing loss Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet The Lighthouse Media type Web Country Australia Date 16/11/18 Description Macquarie research has confirmed the wide-reaching benefits of discovering hearing issues as early as possible.
More than half a million school children will have their hearing tested in the next five years as part of a free national screening program announced today.
The Federal Government unveiled a $4 million national rollout of Sound Scouts - a tablet-based app that incorporates the science of hearing tests in a fun, interactive game - at Sydney’s Willoughby Public School, which was involved in trials of the app.
The funding commitment came after a study by Macquarie University’s Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) was able to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of Sound Scouts, finding it delivered a $10 return in benefits for the children and the community, for every $1 spent on the app.
MUCHE also established that parents found it easy to administer the Sound Scouts test to a five-year-old at home - thereby opening up the pathway to diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss.
Producer/Author Sarah Maguire URL https://lighthouse.mq.edu.au/article/november/national-screening-program-will-test-aussie-kids-for-hearing-loss Persons Carolyn Mee, Mutsa Gumbie