Category: Hearing

Testing for CMV in neonates who fail hearing screening

In a single-center study, all 171 neonates with a failed hearing screen (out of nearly 11,000 infants screened) were tested for congenital CMV infection with a salivary polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay. Such testing was mandated by state law. If the…

How long should we treat for CMV infection?

A randomized trial in almost 100 infants with symptomatic congenital cytomegalovirus infection compared the effects of treatment with valganciclovir for six months versus six weeks. The primary outcome of hearing in the better ear did not change significantly from baseline…

High sound levels inside incubators

A simulation study assessed the sound levels in a Giraffe Omnibed incubator using a dummy infant and advanced sound assessment equipment. Various conditions that NICU infants might be exposed to when on a high frequency jet ventilator were simulated (incubator…