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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-46

Balance and agility testing in normal and hearing-impaired children: A Case–Control study

Department of Pediatric Physiotherapy, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Deepa C Metgud
Department of Pediatric Physiotherapy, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijptr.ijptr_14_19

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Background: Hearing is one of the most important sensation that collect the information of surrounding environment. Impairment in this sensation can affect the development of the motor skills such as balance and agility. Balance impairment can lead to fall and impairment in agility leads to poor movement efficiency and may be associated with unbalanced posture, lack of coordination and poor reaction time. Materials and Methods: A case control study done on children aged 9-14 years were recruited from special schools for hearing impaired and regular schools from Belagavi. Out of 198 children, 130 were normal hearing children and 65 were hearing impaired children. The balance and agility was measured with the help of Pediatric Berg [Add about agility test][]Balance Scale (PBBS) and T- test respectively. Results: The mean scores for PBBS was 55.81 ± 0.68 for normal hearing children and 47.11 ± 4.05 in hearing impaired children which was compared using independent t-test which was statistically significant (P = 0.0001). The mean of agility scores was 11.14±1.47 seconds in normal hearing children and 17.86 ±1.72 seconds in hearing impaired children and it was also compared using independent t-test which showed highly significant difference (P = 0.0001). Conclusion: The present study concludes that hearing impaired children have poor balance and agility as compared to the normal children.

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