Original Article

IJMDC. 2020; 4(1): 124-129

Maternal knowledge and awareness of neonatal hearing loss: a local survey from Saudi Arabia

Authors: Khalid Al-Yahya, Ahoud Ahmed Al-Muneef, Fatimah Saleh Al-Majed, Fadak Yousef Alhashem, Anwar Sami Al-Khalifah.

ABSTRACT

Background: Hearing is important for language development in children, especially during the first 2 years of life. Hearing loss (HL) during this critical period may have a negative impact on speech, language, academic, and socio-emotional development. Therefore, maternal knowledge of the risk factors associated with neonatal HL has a significant impact as most risk factors are preventable. The current review paper aimed at investigating the maternal knowledge and attitudes regarding the risk factors, early detection, and early intervention of neonatal HL in Saudi Arabia. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was carried out targeting mothers of infants between the ages of 18 and 50 years in the Maternity and Children Hospital in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. A questionnaire including 30 items was distributed to the targeted mothers. Results: A total of 384 mothers participated in the study. The majority of mothers were aware of head injuries/slaps on-ear (78%) and ear infections (ear discharge and pain) (74.30%) as risk factors contributing to infant HL. However, there was poor knowledge of other risk factors, including delayed crying at birth (17.50%), neonatal jaundice (12.60%), high-grade fever, and infections during pregnancy (17.80%), early and elderly pregnancy (13.40%), and premature birth, low birth weight (>1.75 kg) and neonatal intensive care unit admission (> 5 days) (15.80%).Conclusion: Actions must be taken to raise maternal awareness regarding HL risk factors, early identification,and possible interventions.

Keywords:
Neonatal, hearing loss, screening, maternal knowledge, Saudi Arabia, Al-Ahsa


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Maternal knowledge and awareness of neonatal hearing loss: a local survey from Saudi Arabia


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Khalid Al-Yahya
King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Ahoud Ahmed Al-Muneef
King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Fatimah Saleh Al-Majed
King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Fadak Yousef Alhashem
King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Anwar Sami Al-Khalifah

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Correspondence to:
. Ahoud Ahmed Al-Muneef, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia; almuneef.ahoud@hotmail.com

Publication history
Received 29 Oct 2019
Accepted 29 Nov 2019
Published online 25 Dec 2019
Published in print 13 Jan 2020

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Al-Yahya K, Al-Muneef AA, Al-Majed FS, Alhashem FY, Al-Khalifah AS. Maternal knowledge and awareness of neonatal hearing loss: a local survey from Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(1): 124-129. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1572368573


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Al-Yahya K, Al-Muneef AA, Al-Majed FS, Alhashem FY, Al-Khalifah AS. Maternal knowledge and awareness of neonatal hearing loss: a local survey from Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=71574 [Access: August 06, 2020]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1572368573


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Al-Yahya K, Al-Muneef AA, Al-Majed FS, Alhashem FY, Al-Khalifah AS. Maternal knowledge and awareness of neonatal hearing loss: a local survey from Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(1): 124-129. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1572368573


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Al-Yahya K, Al-Muneef AA, Al-Majed FS, Alhashem FY, Al-Khalifah AS. Maternal knowledge and awareness of neonatal hearing loss: a local survey from Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2020), [cited August 06, 2020]; 4(1): 124-129. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1572368573


Harvard Style

Al-Yahya, K., Al-Muneef, . A. A., Al-Majed, . F. S., Alhashem, . F. Y. & Al-Khalifah, . A. S. (2020) Maternal knowledge and awareness of neonatal hearing loss: a local survey from Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 4 (1), 124-129. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1572368573


Turabian Style

Al-Yahya, Khalid, Ahoud Ahmed Al-Muneef, Fatimah Saleh Al-Majed, Fadak Yousef Alhashem, and Anwar Sami Al-Khalifah. 2020. Maternal knowledge and awareness of neonatal hearing loss: a local survey from Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (1), 124-129. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1572368573


Chicago Style

Al-Yahya, Khalid, Ahoud Ahmed Al-Muneef, Fatimah Saleh Al-Majed, Fadak Yousef Alhashem, and Anwar Sami Al-Khalifah. "Maternal knowledge and awareness of neonatal hearing loss: a local survey from Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 124-129. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1572368573


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Al-Yahya, Khalid, Ahoud Ahmed Al-Muneef, Fatimah Saleh Al-Majed, Fadak Yousef Alhashem, and Anwar Sami Al-Khalifah. "Maternal knowledge and awareness of neonatal hearing loss: a local survey from Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.1 (2020), 124-129. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1572368573


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Al-Yahya, K., Al-Muneef, . A. A., Al-Majed, . F. S., Alhashem, . F. Y. & Al-Khalifah, . A. S. (2020) Maternal knowledge and awareness of neonatal hearing loss: a local survey from Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (1), 124-129. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1572368573


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