Hearing loss in preschool children from a low income South African community

Shouneez Yousuf Hussein, De Wet Swanepoel, Faheema Mahomed-Asmail, Leigh Biagio de Jager

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    7 Citations (Web of Science)


    Objective: This study aimed to determine and describe hearing loss among preschool children in a South African community representative of typical low- and middle income countries (LMIC). Method: Children between the ages of 3–6 years received a hearing screening at their early childhood development (ECD) center. If a child failed the hearing screening, he/she was seen for a follow-up rescreen and diagnostic assessment if necessary at their ECD center or closest referral clinic. Diagnostic testing consisted of otoscopy, tympanommetry and pure-tone diagnostic audiometry. Results: A total of 6424 children were screened at ECD centers with a referral rate of 24.9%. Follow-up assessments were conducted on 45.3% (725) of these children. Diagnostic testing revealed that 9.3% of children presented with impacted cerumen and 18.7% presented with a hearing loss (56.5% binaural). Binary logistic regression revealed no gender or age effects (p > 0.05). Conductive hearing loss (65.2%) was the most common type of hearing loss found in children. Conclusions: Most preschool children who failed the hearing screening and received a diagnostic assessment were in need of intervention services for conductive hearing losses, followed by sensorineural and mixed losses.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-148
    Number of pages4
    JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


    Dive into the research topics of 'Hearing loss in preschool children from a low income South African community'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this