Date of Degree


Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name





Barbara E. Weinstein

Subject Categories

Speech Pathology and Audiology


Haiti, hearing loss, academics, children


Hearing loss is estimated to affect more than 360 million people worldwide, 32% of whom are children. Children with hearing loss tend to develop compromised communicative abilities and also have been found to perform more poorly academically than their normal hearing peers. Because of the lack of medical care, children in third world countries are expected to have more difficulty hearing and learning in a classroom setting than children in first world countries due to higher incidences of conductive pathology. The purpose of this study is to assess the hearing ability of underprivileged children in kindergarten and primary schools in Haiti, and then to compare the results to each child’s academic record, respectively, to see if a relationship exists between hearing ability and academic records.



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