Hearing Thresholds of Students in the Second, Eighth, and Twelfth Grades Fifteen hundred students in grades 2, 8, and 12 were given puretone threshold hearing tests to determine if prevalence of hearing loss varied with age. A significantly higher prevalence of hearing loss was found in the older children. The proportion of students failing the hearing test in the 2nd and ... Research Article
Research Article  |   January 01, 1992
Hearing Thresholds of Students in the Second, Eighth, and Twelfth Grades
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Judith K. Montgomery, Ph.D.
    Fountain Valley School District, California
  • Sharon Fujikawa
    University of California, Irvine
  • Requests for reprints may be sent to Judy K. Montgomery, Director, Special Education, Fountain Valley School District, 17210 Oak St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708.
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Hearing & Speech Perception / Hearing Disorders / School-Based Settings / Research Articles
Research Article   |   January 01, 1992
Hearing Thresholds of Students in the Second, Eighth, and Twelfth Grades
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1992, Vol. 23, 61-63. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2301.61
History: Received April 16, 1990 , Accepted October 1, 1990
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1992, Vol. 23, 61-63. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2301.61
History: Received April 16, 1990; Accepted October 1, 1990

Fifteen hundred students in grades 2, 8, and 12 were given puretone threshold hearing tests to determine if prevalence of hearing loss varied with age. A significantly higher prevalence of hearing loss was found in the older children. The proportion of students failing the hearing test in the 2nd and 8th grades was then compared with data collected over the last 10 years from the same school district. There was a greater prevalence of hearing loss among 2nd and 8th graders today than 10 years ago.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
We wish to acknowledge the following individuals for their assistance with this research: Dennis Van Vliet and Janelle Reid for their repeated review of the audiological data and their valuable interpretations of our findings, Barbara Moore-Brown and Lee Nash for their organizational skills and willingness to test students, Chad Nye and Marcia Moore of Northern Arizona University for statistical analysis, and a personal thank you to the speech-language clinicians and nurses of Fountain Valley School District for their intellectual curiosity and their many hours of threshold testing that made this study possible.
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