Croatian Medical Association - Rijeka branch
Vol. 41, No. 1, 2005, pp. 25-30
Bioline Code: me05003
Full paper language: Croatian
Document type: Research Article
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Medicina, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2005, pp. 25-30
© © 2005 - Croatian Medical Association - Rijeka branch
Professional paper - UNIVERSAL NEWBORN HEARING TEST - FREQUENCY OF HEARING LOSS IN HIGH-RISK NEWBORNS|
Vesna Mahulja-Stamenković, Igor Prpić, Sanja Zaputović, Nikola Kirinčić, Elizabeta Tomašić-Martinis, Antonija Dujmović, Herman Haller
The purpose of the study was to measure and study the frequency of
hearing loss in newborns at the Department of Gynecology and
Obstetrics of the Clinical Hospital Center Rijeka, as well as to study and
compare the frequency of hearing loss in newborns without risk factors
and within the high-risk group.
Patiens and methods:
The patients were live newborns included by
the universal newborn hearing test. Hearing was tested using the
Evoked Otoacustic Emission method (E-OAE). In high-risk newborns
with negative test results before their discharge from the hospital, the
hearing was verified once again in the age from six to twelve months.
Hearing was tested in 98.1% of all live newborns during the
followed period. Bilateral hearing loss was found in seven newborns
(0.21%). A statisticaly significant difference was found in the incidence
of hearing loss in the group of children with risk factors during delivery.
Our results indicate an incidence of hearing loss of 2, 1‰.
High-risk newborns have to be controlled during the first year of life
because of the delayed or progressive hearing loss. We have compiled
Practice Guidelines for the early detection and systematic following of
children with hearing loss.
infant, newborn, hearing loss, hearing tests, risk factors, practice guidelines
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