The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2013 , Vol 55 , Num 6
Evaluation of hearing and speech-language in preschool children: how important, why we should perform?
1Department of Audiology , Ankara University Faculty of Health Science, 2Department of Audiology, Hacettepe University Faculty of Health Science, 3Ankara University Vocational School of Health, and 4Department of Pediatrics, Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey. E-mail: The aim of the study was to present the hearing and speech-language findings of preschool children. The children in this study were aged 3-5 years. Sixtyseven of 239 children (28.0%) had been referred to a physician because of possible middle ear problems, and 25 of the 67 children had slight and mild conduction type hearing loss with air-bone gaps. One of 239 children had profound sensorineural hearing loss. Speech-language problems were found in 70 of 239 children (29.3%). Necessary attention should be paid to the evaluation of hearing and speech-language skills in preschool-aged children to avoid delayed detection and to give these children the opportunity for timely intervention for hearing and speech-language problems. Keywords : preschool, hearing, evaluation, speech-language.
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