Immigration Within the United States: Prevalence of Childhood Hearing Loss Revisited Purpose As more adult and child immigrants enter the United States each year, there is a high likelihood that the prevalence of childhood hearing loss in the United States is underestimated, given estimations of the number of immigrant children entering the country with hearing loss. Method Information was ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   June 01, 2014
Immigration Within the United States: Prevalence of Childhood Hearing Loss Revisited
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lindsay Pape
    Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
  • Kaitlyn Kennedy
    Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
  • Wafaa Kaf
    Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
  • Zisansha Zahirsha
    St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Wafaa Kaf: wafaakaf@missouristate.edu
  • Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / International & Global / Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   June 01, 2014
Immigration Within the United States: Prevalence of Childhood Hearing Loss Revisited
American Journal of Audiology, June 2014, Vol. 23, 238-241. doi:10.1044/2014_AJA-13-0058
History: Received October 14, 2013 , Revised January 26, 2014 , Accepted February 21, 2014
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2014, Vol. 23, 238-241. doi:10.1044/2014_AJA-13-0058
History: Received October 14, 2013; Revised January 26, 2014; Accepted February 21, 2014
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Purpose As more adult and child immigrants enter the United States each year, there is a high likelihood that the prevalence of childhood hearing loss in the United States is underestimated, given estimations of the number of immigrant children entering the country with hearing loss.

Method Information was collected using online search engines and peer-reviewed journals. The most recent articles available through search engines included in EBSCOhost at the time were used. The gathered data were organized by emigrating country, and the 2 countries with the highest immigration rates were presented. Estimations of the number of children immigrating with hearing loss were made using data from published peer-reviewed articles and government reports on immigration.

Conclusions The prevalence of hearing loss in the United States is underestimated when considering undetected hearing loss in immigrant children. The addition of the immigrant children from only Mexico and China presents a 7.5% increase in the total number of children in the United States with hearing loss. This reinforces the importance of early detection of hearing loss in these children, resulting in more accurate estimation of the rate of childhood hearing loss in the United States and better planning for intervention programs.

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