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  • Percent of children screened for hearing loss:
  • Incidence of permanent hearing loss among newborns:

Current Status of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention for Children

Newborn hearing screening: Siriraj project. In the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, the universal newborn hearing screening program has not been implemented yet. This is a challenging project that will require a large number of health care personnel and financial support because approximately 9,000-10,000 newborns will be screened annually. The Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics has implemented the hearing screening for all infants with high risk factors before discharge since 2004. Srisuparp, et al reported in 2005 that the protocol using trained nursing staff to perform the screening yielded good results. Nowadays, the Department of Otorhinolaryngology takes part in comprehensive audiological evaluation and intervention, and looks forward to providing the universal newborn hearing screening program in the near future.


  • Population: 67,741,401
  • Number of Annual Births (2012 est): 824,000
  • Birth rate: 11.26 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Percent of GDP spent on health care (2011): 4.1% of GDP (2011)
  • Percent of Health Care expenditures spent by government: 11.3% (2006)
  • Physician density: 0.3 physicians/1,000 population (2004)
  • Percent of newborns attended by skilled providers: 99%
  • Infant Mortality: 9.86 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Literacy (age 15 and over can read and write): 92.6%
  • Percent of children screened for hearing loss:
  • Incidence of permanent hearing loss among newborns

Publications about EHDI Programs in Thailand

  1. Suvajana Atipas, M.D., Cheerasook Chongkolwatana, M.D. Newborn Hearing Screening: Overview. Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10700, Thailand. Siriraj Med J 2009;61:224-227.

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