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IJMDC. 2024; 8(1): 118-122

University student's knowledge of childhood hearing loss in Gulf Cooperation Council countries

Saeed M. Albeshi, Muhanned M. Alqhtani, Mohammed H. AlJohani, Abdulla F. Al Rumaihi, Malak S. Al-Mamari, Sara Khorsheed, Shahad A. Hussain, Shaikhah H. Alqallaf, Amna A. Al balushi, Fayez M. Albishi, Rayan S. Alruwaili, Arwa M. AL Mansour, Abdelaziz Elamin.


This study sought to evaluate medical students' current understanding of childhood hearing loss in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, and the Sultanate of Oman.
A cross-sectional study was conducted in multiple GCC countries. Non-probability convenient sampling was used to recruit participants through e-mails and social media platform including WhatsApp. An online questionnaire was distributed to medical and health science students in four medical schools in GCC countries regarding knowledge towards childhood hearing loss.
A total of 791 participants were enrolled in this study. The participants were of 18-30 years age bracket. Most of the participants (69%) were females. Majority of them (81%) were single; and rest (19%) were married. The study revealed that many participants (62%) were not well-informed about hearing loss.
Majority of the participants have limited knowledge towards childhood hearing loss.

Key words: Deafness, gulf countries, children, infants, hearing loss

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