Perinatal factors and hearing outcome

Adriana Leni Smits

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This dissertation researched various perinatal factors that can negatively influence hearing outcome in children. The study examined the link between uterine infections and hearing in an experimental animal model and in a population of children who were born prematurely. It also examined whether the administration of anaesthetic medication during birth helped to reduce the damaging effects of oxygen deprivation on hearing. Finally, the value of high field magnetic resonance imaging was evaluated to accurately assess the miniscule structures of the inner ear. This study aims to further optimise the care surrounding birth in order to offer the best possible protection against hearing damage later in life.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Stokroos, Robert, Supervisor
  • Kramer, Boris, Supervisor
  • Kremer, Bernd, Supervisor
Award date12 Jan 2017
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789462335073
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • chorioamnionitis
  • asphyxia
  • hearing
  • MRI
  • inner ear


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