Failure of hearing screening in high-risk neonates does not increase parental anxiety

A. Suppiej, E. Cainelli, M. De Benedittis, E. Rizzardi, P. S. Bisiacchi, M. Ermani, E. Orzan, V. Zanardo

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Objective: The aim of this study was to determine whether a failure of neonatal hearing screening affected the anxiety level of parents of high-risk infants. Methods: Two hundred and eighty-eight parents of infants included in the neonatal hearing screening protocol of our Institution were tested with the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and with an open-question questionnaire investigating parents' attitude to hearing problems in their child, done at the time of audiological follow-up. 105 were parents of high-risk infants who had been discharged from neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and 183 of low-risk infants discharged from well-baby nursery. Results: No differences in anxiety levels were seen between parents of high-risk infants passing and failing neonatal hearing screening using homogeneous case-control pairs. Additionally, no differences in the level of anxiety were found between parents of high-and low-risk infants failing neonatal auditory screening. Conclusions: Failure of neonatal auditory screening does not affect the anxiety levels of parents of high-risk infants at post discharge from NICU. This finding is a key factor to be considered when evaluating the costs and benefits of tests for universal neonatal hearing screening.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)932-935
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


  • Auditory screening
  • Emotional state
  • Newborn
  • NICU
  • STAI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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