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March 13, 2007

Action to prevent hearing loss in school

An action to prevent and deal with hearing loss in Spanish schools has been set in motion by the Fiapas Confederation of Families of Deaf People.

Even a mild and moderate hearing loss in children may have severe consequences on speech and language development. Yet, teachers and families often overlook the signs that could help in early detection of hearing problems.

The action held 381 training workshops in 155 schools for children with normal hearing in Spain. 10,603 children participated. The workshops addressing teachers, pupils and their families provided general information and training on hearing problems and early detection of cases of mild and moderate permanent or temporary hearing loss in children.

The participating schools were satisfied with the workshops, showing the need for systematically developing training workshops in every school.

“The action promotes cooperative work among families, schools and parents associations. It is an essential to provide specialized and high quality assistance to children with hearing loss,” the Confederation stated to hear-it.

In Spain, 5 out of every 1,000 children are born with different degrees of permanent hearing loss. Almost 1,500 children annually are born with mild to moderate hearing loss, which goes undetected until the age of 4 or 5 years. In addition, 20 percent of hearing loss among children is acquired after birth caused by infections, allergies and other conditions.

Source: Fiapas, 2007

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