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J Otolaryngol. 1978 Dec;7(6):484-9.

Early detection of childhood hearing impairment - problems and possible solutions.


The identification of infants with profound hearing loss is a complex task, and one that is beset with problems. This paper discusses some of these problems and points out a few of the ways by which, hopefully, they are coming closer to solution. The first problem results from the nature of the beast, which seems to have so many social, medical, educational, and political implications. There are also some problems with the high risk register and with screening for hearing loss; but probably the most disturbing are the conflicts that arise between professionals when their aims, objectives, and methods don't quite match. Current progress in the linking up of high risk and screening methodologies is discussed, as well as ways in which existing health care systems can be utilized in deafness detection.

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