Journal article

The extent of hearing impairment amongst Australian Indigenous prisoners in Victoria, and implications for the correctional system

Susan Quinn, Gary Rance

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AUDIOLOGY | INFORMA HEALTHCARE | Published : 2009

Abstract

The hearing status of 109 Indigenous prisoners was investigated at five prison locations in Victoria, using audiological methods and face-to-face interview. The study found predominantly mild, sensorineural hearing loss. The rate of conductive hearing impairment was consistent with an age-matched general adult population (UK). All eardrums were intact, and 89% of middle-ears were normally air filled. Results showed 12% of prisoners had a hearing loss (average. 0.5, 1, 2, & 4 kHz >or=25 dB) in at least one ear, compared with 5% in an age-matched Australian adult population. More than a third (36%) had high-frequency, sensorineural hearing impairment (4 or 6 kHz >or=25 dB), in one or both ears..

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