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Promoting School-Based Hearing Screenings Among Hawaiiʻs Youth

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Title:Promoting School-Based Hearing Screenings Among Hawaiiʻs Youth
Authors:Chow, Christopher
Contributors:Nelson-Hurwitz, Denise (advisor)
Public Health (department)
Keywords:School-based hearing screening
hearing loss
Date Issued:May 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract:The hearing of a child can often be taken for granted. Hearing is not only important in day-to-day communication, but is vital in the overall development of infants and children. Although hearing loss is generally associated with aging, concerns for hearing conditions can start as early as birth. Having the ability to hear is critical in speech and language development, communication, and learning in children. Considering the difficulty in recognizing hearing impairments among youth, it is vital to provide accessible complete hearing screenings to schoolaged children. To address this need, the Hawai‘i Lions Club (HLC) has created a statewide hearing screening program that is implemented in Hawai‘i Department of Education (HDOE) schools. By providing hearing screening for students primarily in kindergarten to the third grade, the goal of the screening initiative is to achieve early identification of hearing loss or any earrelated concern. This project was designed to increase awareness of the HLC’s hearing initiatives and to compare descriptive and outcomes data from the program between the 2015-2016 academic year and 1995, when the last comprehensive report was completed. A total of 5,937 students were screened throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. The project utilized a 1995 hearing screening initiative conducted by the Hawai‘i Department of Health (HDOH) as a benchmark with which to compare HLC’s current hearing screening initiative. Recommendations include expansion of screenings to more HDOE schools, recruiting more volunteers to aid in statewide screening, and completion of an updated comprehensive report by the HDOH.
Pages/Duration:33 pages
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