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Prevalence of permanent childhood hearing impairment Heather Fortnum Heather Fortnum B Med Sci, BM BS, DM MRC Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham, UK
Heather Fortnum …is an epidemiologist working in Health Services Research for UK Medical Research Council...has always been interested in the impact of permanent hearing impairment on children...is excited by the current findings and their implications for Universal Newborn Hearing Screening
Impact on children Communication skills Educational attainment Quality of life
Cohorts age inPrevalence per years1000 live births Trent Ascertainment 2 1985-1990 5-101.33 (95% ci 1.22-1.45) National Ascertainment 3 1985-19908-131.63 (95% ci 1.59-1.67) 1988-19935-101.44 (95% ci 1.41-1.48)
Conclusion The prevalence of permanent childhood hearing impairment continues to rise after birth over a wider age range than had previously been reported and reaches a higher plateau.
1. Acquired impairments Usually due to bacterial meningitis or trauma Can occur at any age Contributes 7% of overall prevalence
3. Late onset and/or progressive Many dominant genes for deafness in animal models are associated with late-onset progressive impairment. Van Camp G, Smith RJH. Hereditary Hearing Loss Homepage. WorldWide Web URL: http://dnalab-www.uia.ac.be/dnalab/hhh http://dnalab-www.uia.ac.be/dnalab/hhh Steel KP. New interventions in hearing impairment. Brit Med J 2000;320:622-625.
Conclusions The prevalence of confirmed permanent childhood hearing impairment (>40 dB HL) in the UK has risen with age to at least 1.65/1000 live births (and may be as high as 2.05/1000 live births) among children 9-years of age and older. If the current yield from Universal Neonatal Hearing Screening is sustained, then an additional 50-90% of children will remain to be detected in the post-natal years.
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