Meeting the needs of parents following the early detection of permanent hearing loss in their newborn

Summary

This research project will use a qualitative research design to collect essential data that will begin to identify the issues and needs of parents when their newborn is diagnosed with permanent hearing loss.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Alison Purcell

Research Location

Disability and Community Research Group

Program Type

PHD

Synopsis

All babies born across NSW are offered a free hearing test within the first few days of life. This has resulted in parents being informed that their newborn has a permanent hearing life within the first few weeks of life. Parents must be able to cope with the challenges of early diagnosis of hearing loss in order to remain emotionally attached to their infant. It is therefore essential to understand the impact of such an early diagnosis of hearing loss on the parents. This investigation is a qualitative study to determine the issues and needs of parents when their newborn is diagnosed with permanent hearing loss. It will involve in-depth interviews with parents of children with early detected hearing loss. The interviews will be transcribed and the constant comparative method will be used to code the information and to identify common themes and patterns. This analysis will allow the identification of the issues and needs of parents after their newborn is diagnosed with a permeant hearing loss at such a crucial time in their infants’ development.

Additional Information

Research projects for PhD students are also available to examine the development of speech and language in infants and children with hearing loss and craniofacial anomalies. As well, intervention studies are available to examine the efficacy of different types of speech pathology treatment with these children.

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Keywords

Hearing loss, newborn screening, parent, communication, attachment, Counselling & patient support, Hearing & vision problems, Professional practice, Public health & social medicine, The senses

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 78

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