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Teacher accuracy in the identification of pre-school pupils with hearing loss

Nicole Chambers, Ilona Anderson
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 44, No 1 | a225 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v44i1.225 | © 2019 Nicole Chambers, Ilona Anderson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 October 2016 | Published: 31 December 1997

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Nicole Chambers, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Ilona Anderson, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Abstract

Teachers of 110 pre-school pupils used a questionnaire to identify which children they thought would fail a hearing screening. Following screening, the data was compared to both audiometric only, and combined audiometric and tymponometric screening results. Teachers identified one out of six pupils who failed audiometric screening, and one out of seven who failed combined screening. We concluded that teachers could not accurately identify pupils with hearing problems and should not be used to detect hearing losses in pupils without prior education and training.

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teachers; pre-school children; hearing loss; identification

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