Validation of hearing screening procedures in Ecuadorian schools

Validation of hearing screening procedures in Ecuadorian schools

When not detected early in life, most children with permanent hearing loss lag behind their peers in language, social, and cognitive development; fail school more frequently; and do not acquire the skills to be successfully employed. In 2012, Ecuador launched a national initiative, Tamiz aje Auditivo Escolar, to identify and provide services to children with permanent hearing loss. The purpose of this evaluation, funded by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) in collaboration with Ecuador’s Vice President’s Office, the Office of the Technical Secretary of Disabilities (SETEDIS), the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Health, was to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of the teacher-administered hearing screening questionnaire used in this initiative.

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