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Journal of Human Growth and Development

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OLIVEIRA, Letícia Neves de; GOULART, Bárbara Niegia Garcia de  and  CHIARI, Brasilia Maria. Language disorders associated with deafness. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2013, vol.23, n.1, pp. 41-45. ISSN 0104-1282.

OBJECTIVE: to assess the association between speech-language disorders related to hearing loss and to describe it regarding gender, chief complaint, and type and degree of hearing loss. METHODS: retrospective study of 482 archives of patients with speech-language disorders between July 1998 and July 2008. Information on age, gender, area of residence, chief complaint / manifestation of language impairment, etiologic diagnosis, and speech-language and hearing impairment was collected. RESULTS: Most were male patients (56%) aged three to five (32,8%) and six to 11 years (32,8%). Their chief complaints included oral language impairment (57%); sensorineural hearing loss (66,3%); profound hearing loss bilateral (32,8%); and an organic etiology (41,7%). A correlation between language disorder with the level of hearing loss and complaint of language was statistically significant (p < 0,001). CONCLUSION: the study found an association between language disorder and degree of hearing loss and language complaint.

Keywords : speech pathology; epidemiology; deafness; hearing loss; language.

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