Views of Syrian Mothers in Ankara on Infant Hearing Loss: Cross-sectional Survey

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Hussein D., Dinçer D'alessandro H., Batuk M., Ekhwan A., Sennaroğlu G.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH JOURNAL, vol.26, no.11, pp.2247-2253, 2022 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10995-022-03488-1
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EMBASE, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, MEDLINE, Psycinfo, Public Affairs Index
  • Page Numbers: pp.2247-2253
  • Keywords: Deafness, Refugees, Newborn hearing screening, Pediatrics, MATERNAL VIEWS, KNOWLEDGE, CHILDREN, INTERVENTION, LANGUAGE, ATTITUDE
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Background Mothers' awareness of hearing loss, its risk factors, and available detection and intervention choices have been well known to play an essential role in the early detection and intervention of hearing loss. Objective To investigate the knowledge and attitude of Syrian mothers toward infant hearing loss, early identification, and intervention. Methods The "Maternal Views on Infant Hearing Loss" questionnaire was adapted and translated into Arabic and then administered to 100 Syrian mothers living in different neighborhoods in Ankara within the age range of 18-68 years old. The internal consistency for the main domains of the questionnaire was tested by Cronbach's alpha coefficient. Descriptive statistics and Spearman's rank correlation coefficient were used to evaluate the responses. Results The highest level of knowledge about the risk factors was about noise exposure (76%), while the lowest level of knowledge was about jaundice (25%). While 98% of the mothers had a positive attitude toward early detection, 97% of them did not mind the early intervention. Conclusions The present findings showed the need to improve mothers' awareness about infant hearing loss risk factors, available detection, and intervention. Such results may help in performing programs that aim to increase awareness about hearing loss.