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Int J Audiol. 2013 Dec;52 Suppl 2:S4-9. doi: 10.3109/14992027.2013.866342.

Introduction to the longitudinal outcomes of children with hearing impairment (LOCHI) study: background, design, sample characteristics.

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* National Acoustic Laboratories , Sydney , Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This article describes the background and the design of the longitudinal outcomes of children with hearing impairment (LOCHI) study, and the characteristics of the study cohort.

DESIGN:

Children born between 2002 and 2007 who were identified with hearing loss and received audiological intervention by 3 years of age in Australia enrolled in the study. Their demographic characteristics are described.

STUDY SAMPLE:

Four hundred and fifty-one children in New South Wales, Victoria, and Southern Queensland.

RESULTS:

Data on age at first hearing-aid fitting for different degrees of hearing loss are reported together with demographic characteristics of the cohort.

CONCLUSION:

A unique environment in Australia where all children with varied access to universal newborn hearing screening received the same consistent hearing services from a national hearing service provider makes it possible to investigate the effects of access to early auditory intervention on children's outcomes at a population level.

PMID:
24350694
DOI:
10.3109/14992027.2013.866342
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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