Premature infants are susceptible to hearing impairment because they have immature organs and tissues and incomplete blood-brain barrier function and are sensitive to such factors as hyperbilirubinemia and infection. Early hearing screening and follow-up are necessary for premature infants to ensure timely interventions.
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