Benefit and pitfalls of newborn hearing screening

Asma Abdullah, W. H. Wan Fazlina, A. Almyzan, Y. S. Han, A. G. Jamilah, S. Roslin, M. T. Ann, L. Borhan, A. W. Wan Norliana, L. Saim, Rohana Jaafar

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Abstract

The importance of universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS) in identifying hearing-impaired infants as early as possible is already well recognized. Transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAE) have been established as a reliable method for UNHS in full term Infants. This is a cross sectional study between April 2003 - December 2005. Thirteen thousand five hundred and ninety eight (13,598) newborns were screened for hearing loss with portable otoacoustic emission (OAE) before discharge. The initial coverage rate during the 3 years study period was 85.9% (13,598) with 89.2% (3,762), 79.0% (4,480) and 90.3% (5,356) for 2003, 2004 and 2005 respectively. The mean age when hearing loss was diagnosed using ABR were 3.56 months old, 3.08 months old, and 2.25 months old and 3.01 months old for 2003, 2004, 2005 respectively and it was statistically significant. The defaulter rate at the third stage during the 3 years study period was 35% (21), 15.2% (7) and 18.2% (2) for 2003, 2004 and 2005 respectively. This study showed significant improvement in initial referral rate, coverage rate and age of diagnosis. However, we need to improve on high defaulter rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-297
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume63
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

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Keywords

  • Brainstem-evoked response
  • Hearing loss
  • Newborn hearing screening
  • Otoacoustic emission

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  • Medicine(all)

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Abdullah, A., Wan Fazlina, W. H., Almyzan, A., Han, Y. S., Jamilah, A. G., Roslin, S., ... Jaafar, R. (2008). Benefit and pitfalls of newborn hearing screening. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 63(4), 293-297.

Benefit and pitfalls of newborn hearing screening. / Abdullah, Asma; Wan Fazlina, W. H.; Almyzan, A.; Han, Y. S.; Jamilah, A. G.; Roslin, S.; Ann, M. T.; Borhan, L.; Wan Norliana, A. W.; Saim, L.; Jaafar, Rohana.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 63, No. 4, 10.2008, p. 293-297.

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Abdullah, A, Wan Fazlina, WH, Almyzan, A, Han, YS, Jamilah, AG, Roslin, S, Ann, MT, Borhan, L, Wan Norliana, AW, Saim, L & Jaafar, R 2008, 'Benefit and pitfalls of newborn hearing screening', Medical Journal of Malaysia, vol. 63, no. 4, pp. 293-297.
Abdullah A, Wan Fazlina WH, Almyzan A, Han YS, Jamilah AG, Roslin S et al. Benefit and pitfalls of newborn hearing screening. Medical Journal of Malaysia. 2008 Oct;63(4):293-297.
Abdullah, Asma ; Wan Fazlina, W. H. ; Almyzan, A. ; Han, Y. S. ; Jamilah, A. G. ; Roslin, S. ; Ann, M. T. ; Borhan, L. ; Wan Norliana, A. W. ; Saim, L. ; Jaafar, Rohana. / Benefit and pitfalls of newborn hearing screening. In: Medical Journal of Malaysia. 2008 ; Vol. 63, No. 4. pp. 293-297.
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