Neonatal hearing screening program in Ahvaz, Southern Iran

  • Marzieh Amiri Mail Musculo-skeletal Rehabilitation Research Center, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
  • Zohreh Ghoochani Najva Audiology Clinic, Ahvaz, Iran
  • Mohammad Hossein Haghighizadeh Department of Statistic and Epidemiology, School of Health, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
  • Zohreh Nilehchi Perevention Department, Social Welfare Association, Ahvaz, Iran
Keywords:
Screening, hearing loss, neonates, Ahvaz, Iran

Abstract

Background and Aim: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) established standards for neonatal hearing screening programs in 1999. The main purpose of this study was to achieve exact statistical data of this program in Ahvaz, Iran, and to compare these results with the standards of American Academy of Pediatrics.
Methods: In this cross-sectional descriptive study, the data of neonatal hearing program in Ahvaz west health center from 2008 to 2011 were reviewed. Data were analysed by descriptive statistics.
Results: From 25073 neonates, 25 had hearing loss. The false positive and referral ratio to the diagnosis stage were 2.6 and 0.48 percent, respectively. 92 percent of hard of hearing infants were diagnosed before three months of life.
Conclusion: In comparison with the standards of American Academy of Pediatrics, all of the items, except two, were included completely or relatively complete. But, more efforts must be done to achieve the whole standards which are available.

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Published
2017-07-31
How to Cite
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Amiri M, Ghoochani Z, Haghighizadeh MH, Nilehchi Z. Neonatal hearing screening program in Ahvaz, Southern Iran. Aud Vestib Res. 22(4):69-77.
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