Date of Award:

1-1-1980

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education

Advisor/Chair:

Thomas C. Clark

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare the Utah maternal questionnaire and birth certificate as they relate to the identification of hearing impairment in infants. Comparative data relating to rate of return, number of high risk infants, number of at risk infants, number of hearing impaired infants, false positive rates, and item analysis were obtained for both screening instruments. Tabulation of the results showed the birth certificate to be a better neonatal screening device of hearing impairment than the maternal questionnaire. The birth certificate maintained a low false positive rate and a high rate of identification of hearing impairment in infants.

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