oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Auditory acuity in rural Africans: a selected study

Volume 20, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The findings of this survey indicate that the incidence of auditory deficiency in African Rhodesian children studied at a large mission school and three smaller out-schools ranges from 10,0 per cent to 26,6 per cent with an average of 13,5 per cent. Children from the defective hearing group in need of special educational adjustment comprise 5,8 per cent .of this group. Ear, nose and throat abnormalities were present in 8 per cent of cases with hearing deficit. Some abnormalities of ear, nose or throat, on the other hand, could be found in 46,6 per cent of cases examined without evident hearing deficits. Although no known audiometric studies on African school children in Rhodesia have been undertaken with which to compare the above findings, this study suggests a significant need for consideration of hearing conservation programmes.

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