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Year: 2013  Vol. 17   Num. 4  - Oct/Dec
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1351685
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Head Position Comparison between Students with Normal Hearing and Students with Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Comparao entre a Posio da Cabea de Escolares Normo-Ouvintes e com Perda Auditiva Sensorioneural
Renato de Souza Melo, Polyanna Waleska Amorim da Silva, Robson Arruda Souza, Maria Cristina Falco Raposo, Karla Mnica Ferraz
Key words:
vestibular diseases - deafness - posture - postural balance - ear - inner

Introduction: Head sense position is coordinated by sensory activity of the vestibular system, located in the inner ear. Children with sensorineural hearing loss may show changes in the vestibular system as a result of injury to the inner ear, which can alter the sense of head position in this population.

Aim: Analyze the head alignment in students with normal hearing and students with sensorineural hearing loss and compare the data between groups.

Methods: This prospective cross-sectional study examined the head alignment of 96 students, 48 with normal hearing and 48 with sensorineural hearing loss, aged between 7 and 18 years. The analysis of head alignment occurred through postural assessment performed according to the criteria proposed by Kendall et al. For data analysis we used the chi-square test or Fisher exact test.

Results: The students with hearing loss had a higher occurrence of changes in the alignment of the head than normally hearing students (p < 0.001). Forward head posture was the type of postural change observed most, occurring in greater proportion in children with hearing loss (p < 0.001), followed by the side slope head posture (p < 0.001).

Conclusion: Children with sensorineural hearing loss showed more changes in the head posture compared with children with normal hearing.



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