Newborn Hearing Screening: Efficacy of Parents’ Orientation
Objectives: To obtain the information about newborn hearing screening passed during the prebirth period, elaborate the social-economic profile of the parents that adhere to the test, and analyze the adherence of newborns originating from intensive therapy unit, after the parents were orientated.
Method: The samples were composed by 106 individuals divided into two groups: Group 1, formed by parents that were orientated about hearing screening and Group 2, constituted by a random sample of parents from the data bank of newborn hearing screening of infants from semi-intensive therapy unit, that did not receive orientation. A questionnaire was answered about the previous knowledge about hearing screening and using an informative folder, the parents were orientated. Then, the adherence to the exam was verified and it was compared with the result of the other group.
Results: After orientation, was verified adherence of 100% by the parents to the hearing screening and in the sample of parents that did not receive orientation, the adherence was of 84.3%.
Conclusion: The parents' orientation before the newborn hearing screening was effective and the high percentage of adherence shows the relevance of information during the prebirth period, as well as the importance of the exam before the hospital discharge.