What are the disparities in socioeconomic status and health care utilization in hearing-impaired children?
Explore this issue:April 2011
Background: Multiple barriers potentially contribute to health disparities experienced by children with hearing loss. These can include communication barriers, fear, mistrust and frustration with the health care system, medical and non-medical costs and the logistics of care. Although health disparities have been described in these children, designated research into socioeconomic disparities among children with hearing loss is limited.
Study design: Cross-sectional analysis of stacked data from 1997 to 2003 National Health Interview Survey.