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SCARPITTA, Thais Pereira; VIEIRA, Sheila de Souza  and  DUPAS, Giselle. Identifying needs of children with hearing loss: a contribution to health and education professionals. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2011, vol.15, n.4, pp.791-801. ISSN 1414-8145.

Hearing loss has been the subject of concern among health professionals, due to its chronic condition with severe consequences for children, families and society. This study aimed to identify school-age children enrolled in public elementary schools in the city, identifying the type of health assistance that they receive and identify the difficulties that the family experiences as a result of hearing impairment. It was used symbolic interactionism (SI) and Narrative as theoretical and methodological respectively. Six families participated in the survey. The interviews were taped and transcribed. The family misses the support and infrastructure of the municipality for the diagnosis and rehabilitation, in addition to lack of resources and investment in the school, being obliged to mobilize to confront this situation. This research provides background for thinking about nursing actions and public policies that may qualify the health care of this population.

Keywords : Hearing loss; Child; Nursing; Chronic disease.

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