Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Meredith Wold


Preterm birth is a major medical, psychological, and socioeconomic problem worldwide, with over 1 in 10 of the world’s newborns being born premature, corresponding to 14.9 million premature infants each year. Children who are born prematurely are susceptible to mortality, morbidity, various forms of disability, neurodevelopmental disorders, developmental delays, and long-lasting sequelae. The overwhelming auditory environment of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) can affect development since excessive auditory stimulation creates negative physiological responses such as apneas, fluctuations in heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation. Thus, a nurturing auditory environment for a preterm infant is necessary.


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