Font Size


Menu Style



International Primary Care Association

Clinical Focus Volume 2 N2

Recent developments in the rehabilitation of permanent hearing loss


Hearing loss is the most prevalent sensory deficit in the human population.1 The prevalence of permanent congenital hearing loss in children is 3-4/1000. The introduction of a well run Universal Neonatal Hearing Screening programmes has greatly increased the identification of affected children. Significant hearing loss at any age may lead to educational, economic and social disadvantages to the individual and to the community. The need for a solution to this important healthcare problem and advances in current technology, have led to a revolution in the rehabilitative audiology. In this review, we highlight the main recent developments in the management of the hearing-impaired individual. Rehabilitation requires the identification of the individual with the hearing impairment and the direction of resources to reduce the effect of this impairment on disability and the resulting educational, economic and social handicap. The task requires the effort of a team including audiologists, hearing therapists, otologists, neuro-otologists, speech therapists, educational audiologists, social services, hospital managers, employers, educators, the voluntary societies, the Internet, hearing aid manufacturers, and the individuals and stakeholders affected.

Additional Info

Read 1617 times Last modified on Monday, 26 November 2012 09:41

Post and reply comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated. HTML code is not allowed.


BBC News Feed

Get in touch

Give us a call at
+44 207 637 3544

Email us at
info @


International Primary Care Association
73 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EJ