A Qualitative Study on Awareness of Hearing Health, Hearing Impairment and Intervention Among Pregnant Women and Mothers of Newborn in Rural Khordha District

Author(s): Subhasmita Sahoo, Sarita Rautara, Niharika Dash, Satyabrata Panigrahi, Bhowmick Kandpal

Background and Objectives:The study was aimed to investigate the awareness regarding hearing health, causes and prevention measures for hearing disability at natal stages and awareness regarding the intervention among the pregnant women and mothers of newborn in rural areas. Subjects and Methods:Information from 51 pregnant women & 105 mothers of newborn living in rural areas were gathered via help of hospitals, nursing homes and maternity care. Results:Mothers of newborn were more aware with respect to the pregnant women however both the groups could not achieve 100% awareness in any of the selected parameters.Two-way ANOVA was suggestingp<.0001, a statistically significant difference between mothers of newborn and pregnant women for awareness of hearing health, causes and prevention of natal stages as well as for intervention. Post hoc analysis was done using unpaired t test by applying Bonferroni correction in order to check which of the selected parameters are significantly differ from each other.p<0.01, suggesting a significant difference for all the selected parameters for mothers of newborn and pregnant women.The obtained p value is 0.0001, suggesting a significant difference of selected parameters among pregnant women and mothers of newborn. Conclusions: It’s very much important to utilize the existing knowledge of the mothers and pregnant women by attempting to bridge the gaps in acquiring information regarding the awareness of hearing impairment in children which can be done only by creating the awareness and spreading adequate information regarding hearing disability.


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