Newborn Hearing Screening Data

Find data on newborn hearing screening in Massachusetts. This dataset contains the number and percent of babies who did not pass the newborn hearing test in Massachusetts.

About the Data

Each year, DPH receives first hearing test results for 99.5% of the babies born in the state. Hospitals report the information. One can use the data to compare population subgroups. For example, users can compare the percent of boys and girls who did not pass their first hearing test.

Image that shows the various forms of oppression that impact the various types of social determinants of health, that then impact health outcomes.

As you look at data on this webpage, you may see differences among population groups. The differences are especially noticeable between white people and people of color.

These differences exist because of structural racism. These differences are NOT because of an individual’s choices, behaviors, or identity.

Systems of oppression, such as racism, cause harm to everyone. They also influence the social determinants of health (SDoH), which impact health outcomes. See Figure 1.

It is important to keep these notes in mind when looking at the data and using it to inform public health efforts.

If you decide to share these data, remember to use racial equity context and framing. The DPH Racial Equity Data Road Map is one resource that can help.

About Newborn Hearing Screening Data

All babies are tested for signs of some possible health concerns. These tests are called screenings. Your baby will have a test at the hospital to check for concerns with his or her hearing. A special machine shows if your baby responds to sounds. The test is simple and does not hurt. You will get the results before you leave the hospital.

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