Children who do not talk by about 2 years of age frequently are suspected of hearing loss by parents and physicians, and with increasing frequency they find their way to audiological clinics. If deafness is confirmed, the parents are counseled regarding special education placement, and it may be assumed that most of these deaf children find their way to special schools. Thus, it is seldom that a profoundly hearing-handicapped child is found in the ordinary public school classroom, and children using hearing aids in the public schools have mild and moderate degrees of hypacusia.
Data on incidence of hearing loss among school children have accrued for a number of years. The average incidence is thought to be about 4% or 5%,1,6 but there is a wide range reported. Some recent data are shown in Table 1. The Michigan and the Pennsylvania percentages are based in part on use of
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