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Article: A study of deafness in West Africa: The Gambian hearing health project

TitleA study of deafness in West Africa: The Gambian hearing health project
Authors
Issue Date1985
PublisherElsevier Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ijporl
Citation
International Journal Of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 1985, v. 10 n. 2, p. 115-135 How to Cite?
AbstractResearch was carried out on various aspects of deafness in a West African population. A national survey of childhood deafness was completed to discover the incidence and causes of severe to profound hearing loss in The Republic of the Gambia. A large school screening campaign was conducted to determine the prevalence of middle ear disease in Gambian children. Smaller studies concerned the hearing loss among post-meningitis patients; the disease pattern of audiology clinic patients in both urban and rural areas; the degree of hearing loss associated with otitis media and the rubella serology of a group of Gambian women and children. It was found that meningitis was a major identifiable disease causing deafness. Rubella and measles, often causes of deafness in other tropical countries, did not seem to be of such importance in The Gambia. Familial factors also accounted for little of the childhood deafness as far as it was possible to tell. Chronic middle ear infections could give rise to considerable hearing loss but rarely led to the dangerous complications often seen in other tropical communities. Effective medical and audiological services for the deaf are difficult to implement in developing countries. A primarily preventive approach may prove to be the most rational way of helping the deaf in The Gambia.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/175235
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dc.contributor.authorMcpherson, Ben_US
dc.contributor.authorHolborow, CAen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-26T08:57:43Z-
dc.date.available2012-11-26T08:57:43Z-
dc.date.issued1985en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal Of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 1985, v. 10 n. 2, p. 115-135en_US
dc.identifier.issn0165-5876en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/175235-
dc.description.abstractResearch was carried out on various aspects of deafness in a West African population. A national survey of childhood deafness was completed to discover the incidence and causes of severe to profound hearing loss in The Republic of the Gambia. A large school screening campaign was conducted to determine the prevalence of middle ear disease in Gambian children. Smaller studies concerned the hearing loss among post-meningitis patients; the disease pattern of audiology clinic patients in both urban and rural areas; the degree of hearing loss associated with otitis media and the rubella serology of a group of Gambian women and children. It was found that meningitis was a major identifiable disease causing deafness. Rubella and measles, often causes of deafness in other tropical countries, did not seem to be of such importance in The Gambia. Familial factors also accounted for little of the childhood deafness as far as it was possible to tell. Chronic middle ear infections could give rise to considerable hearing loss but rarely led to the dangerous complications often seen in other tropical communities. Effective medical and audiological services for the deaf are difficult to implement in developing countries. A primarily preventive approach may prove to be the most rational way of helping the deaf in The Gambia.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherElsevier Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ijporlen_US
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngologyen_US
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_US
dc.subject.meshAdulten_US
dc.subject.meshAge Factorsen_US
dc.subject.meshChilden_US
dc.subject.meshChild, Preschoolen_US
dc.subject.meshDeafness - Epidemiology - Etiology - Geneticsen_US
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_US
dc.subject.meshFever - Complicationsen_US
dc.subject.meshGambiaen_US
dc.subject.meshHearing Loss - Epidemiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshHearing Loss, Bilateral - Epidemiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshInfanten_US
dc.subject.meshMaleen_US
dc.subject.meshMeasles - Complicationsen_US
dc.subject.meshMeningitis - Complicationsen_US
dc.subject.meshOtitis Media - Complications - Epidemiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshPregnancyen_US
dc.subject.meshRubella - Complications - Immunologyen_US
dc.subject.meshSeasonsen_US
dc.subject.meshSex Factorsen_US
dc.titleA study of deafness in West Africa: The Gambian hearing health projecten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailMcPherson, B: dbmcpher@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityMcPherson, B=rp00937en_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/S0165-5876(85)80024-0-
dc.identifier.pmid4093251-
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dc.identifier.volume10en_US
dc.identifier.issue2en_US
dc.identifier.spage115en_US
dc.identifier.epage135en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:A1985A024200001-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridMcPherson, B=7006800770en_US
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridHolborow, CA=6601973583en_US

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