Neonatal hearing screening at mother and baby unit, KATH

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September, 2015
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The purpose of the study was done to identify hearing loss in neonates with risk factors at Mother and Baby Unit, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital .The research design and sampling method for the study was descriptive survey and purposive sampling. 100 neonates were under study consisted 55 (55%) males and 45(45%) females. Self-administered questionnaire designed for the purpose of providing a general description of neonates was used as data collection tool. The questionnaire provided for acquisition of important information identifying risk factors and identifying the awareness level of neonatal hearing screening by parents/caregivers and were self – administered Neonates were screened with the gsi Grason-Stadler Corti OAE system and their results were recorded. The automated OAE results of the initial screening as well as follow-up results were recorded on the questionnaire sheet. Seventy seven percent of the neonates77 (77%) passed the hearing screening, 4(4%) were referred in both ears, 3 (3%) of them could not be tested, 9 (9%) passed in right ear whilst 7(7%) passed in left ear only. An increased awareness amongst parents/caregivers and the general public are crucial for the long-term feasibility of such a programme
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the Degree of Master of Science in Audiology,