Teacher Identification of Elementary School Children with Hearing Loss The teachers of 2231 elementary school children were asked to identify those with known or suspected hearing problems. Following screening, the data were compared. Teachers identified 5% of the children as hearing-impaired, while screening identified only 3%. There was agreement between the two procedures on 1%. Subsequent to the teacher ... Research Article
Research Article  |   January 01, 1978
Teacher Identification of Elementary School Children with Hearing Loss
 
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  • Richard H. Nodar is the director of communicative disorders at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Requests for reprints may be sent to him there.
    Richard H. Nodar is the director of communicative disorders at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Requests for reprints may be sent to him there.×
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Research Article   |   January 01, 1978
Teacher Identification of Elementary School Children with Hearing Loss
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1978, Vol. 9, 24-28. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.0901.24
History: Received May 13, 1976 , Accepted June 15, 1977
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1978, Vol. 9, 24-28. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.0901.24
History: Received May 13, 1976; Accepted June 15, 1977

The teachers of 2231 elementary school children were asked to identify those with known or suspected hearing problems. Following screening, the data were compared. Teachers identified 5% of the children as hearing-impaired, while screening identified only 3%. There was agreement between the two procedures on 1%. Subsequent to the teacher interviews, rescreening and tympanometry were conducted. These procedures indicated that teacher screening and tympanometry were in agreement on 2% of the total sample or 50% of the hearing-loss group. It was concluded that teachers could supplement audiometry, particularly when otoscopy and typanometry are not available.

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