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Auditory Ealuation of High Risk Newborns by Automated Auditory Brain Stem Response

Author(s): Mohammad Mehdi Taghdiri | Fatemeh Eghbalian | Faranak Emami | Behnas Abbasi | Hasan Zandevakili | Ahmad Ghale'iha | Zahra Razavi

Journal: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
ISSN 2008-2142

Volume: 18;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 330;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Newborn | Hearing screening | Auditory brainstem response | Hearing loss | ABR

Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of hearing impairment by automated auditory brain stem response (AABR) in newborns admitted to an intensive and intermediate care unit and to analyze the associated risk factors. Methods: An observational cross-sectional study was conducted between January 2005 and January 2006. 834 newborns (62% boys and 38% girls) were assessed. Newborns had a mean (SD) gestational age of 36 (2.1) weeks with a mean (SD) birth weight of 2950 (1250) grams. The presence of the following neonatal pathologies was investigated: craniofacial malformations, hyperbilirubinemia (total bilirubin 20 mg/dl for all newborns), neonatal asphyxia, congenital infections, septicemia, birth weight (
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