A choir that combines voice and signs


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Even though they suffer from severe hypoacusis, taking part in a choir has not proved an obstacle for Alexis and Valentina, two pupils from the Cardenal Carlos Oviedo school at the Belén Educa Foundation in Santiago, Chile. At the choir's performances, the children's fellow choristers sing out and use sign language at the same time, alongside their hearing affected pals.


Brazil study finds a disabling hearing loss prevalence of 7% in Itajai


Published by the Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology march/April 2012, a population-based survey whose field research was carried out from July 2008 to 2011 in the city of Itajai (state of Santa Catarina - southern part of brazil), found a disabling hearing loss prevalence of 7%. The work is the third population-based study about deafness published in Brazil. The first two researches, realized in canoas (Beria et al., 2007) and Monte Negro (Bevilacqua et al., 2006), showed respectively prevalence of disabling hearing loss of 6.8% e 4.8%.