Socio Demographic Profile And Nutritional Status Of Hearing Impaired

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Branch of study : SOCIAL SCIENCE Title : SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHIC PROFILE AND NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF HEARING IMPAIRED (DEAF) ADOLESCENTS Abstract Health status of a population is a significant indicator of human development. Like mortality, disability being a potential measure of health status of population has not received much attention in research particularly in the developing countries. Hearing impairment refers to both complete and partial loss of the ability to hear and research in the area of the health and nutritional status of such a population remains largely unexplored in India. A school for the hearing impaired adolescent boys & girls in the age group of 10-19 years was chosen as the site for the study.101hearing impaired subjects who were in the age group10-19 years were enrolled for the study. A pre tested questionnaire was filled by the researcher in coordination with a sign language interpreter to elicit background information and socio-demographic status. For anthropometric measurements their heights and weights were taken. For hemoglobin estimations,5ml sample of venous blood was obtained from each subject for laboratory analysis. The subjects who were deaf by birth were 84.2% and the rest were due to accident. Stunting was more in the early adolescents in case of boys but in girls it was higher in mid adolescents. The girls who were undernourished was 57.14% & among them severe under nutrition was seen in the mid
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