Journal article

Academic, behavioural and quality of life outcomes of slight to mild hearing loss in late childhood: a population-based study

Jing Wang, Jon Quach, Valerie Sung, Peter Carew, Ben Edwards, Anneke Grobler, Lisa Gold, Melissa Wake

Archives of Disease in Childhood | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the associations of hearing thresholds and slight to mild hearing loss with academic, behavioural and quality of life outcomes in children at a population level. METHODS: Design and participants:children aged 11-12 years in the population-based cross-sectional Child Health CheckPoint study within the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Audiometry:mean hearing threshold across 1, 2 and 4 kHz (better and worse ear); slight/mild hearing loss (threshold of 16-40 decibels hearing loss (dB HL)). Outcomes: National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy, language, teacher-reported learning, parent and teacher reported behaviour and self-reported quality of life...

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Awarded by Royal Children's Hospital Foundation


Awarded by National Heart Foundation of Australia


Awarded by Financial Markets Foundation for Children


Awarded by NHMRC


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grants 1041352 and 1109355, The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation (2014-241), the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, The University of Melbourne, the National Heart Foundation of Australia (100660), Financial Markets Foundation for Children (2014-055, 2016-310), the Victorian Deaf Education Institute and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. JW was supported by the University of Melbourne Postgraduate Scholarship and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute PhD Top Up Scholarship. The following authors were supported by the NHMRC: VS (Early Career Fellowship 1125687), PC (Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language 1023493), LG (Early Career Fellowship 1035100) and MW (Research Fellowships 1046518 and 1160906) in this work. VS was additionally supported by a Cottrell Research Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.