Feasibility of newborn hearing screening in a public hospital setting in South Africa: A pilot study

South African Journal of Communication Disorders

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Title Feasibility of newborn hearing screening in a public hospital setting in South Africa: A pilot study
Creator Kanji, Amisha Khoza-Shangase, Katijah
Subject Audiology Newborn hearing screening; feasibility
Description Objectives: The current pilot study aimed to explore the feasibility of newborn hearing screening (NHS) in a hospital setting with clinical significance for the implementation of NHS. Context-specific objectives included determining the average time required to screen each neonate or infant; the most suitable time for initial hearing screening in the wards; as well as the ambient noise levels in the wards and at the neonatal follow-up clinic where screening would be conducted.Method: A descriptive, longitudinal, repeated measures, within-subjects design was employed. The pilot study comprised 11 participants who underwent hearing screening. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics.Results: The average time taken to conduct hearing screening using otoacoustic emissions and automated auditory brainstem response was 18.4 minutes, with transient evoked otoacoustic emissions taking the least time. Ambient noise levels differed between wards and clinics with the sound level readings ranging between 50 dBA and 70 dBA. The most suitable screening time was found to be the afternoons, after feeding times. Conclusion: Findings highlight important considerations when embarking on larger scale NHS studies or when planning a hospital NHS programme. Current findings suggest that NHS can be efficiently and effectively conducted in public sector hospitals in South Africa, provided that test time is considered in addition to sensitivity and specificity when deciding on a screening protocol; bar recognised personnel challenges.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2016-07-21
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Quantitative
Format text/html application/octet-stream text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajcd.v63i1.150
Source South African Journal of Communication Disorders; Vol 63, No 1 (2016); 8 pages 2225-4765 0379-8046
Language eng
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Coverage Gauteng; South Africa; public health care sector — —
Rights Copyright (c) 2016 Amisha Kanji, Katijah Khoza-Shangase https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0