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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

High rate of hearing loss among Indigenous inmates

Date posted: 20 July 2011

The outcomes of a recent study of Indigenous prisoners in Darwin and Alice Springs are discussed with the co-author, Dr Damien Howard. The first ever hearing tests were conducted in two major jails which found 90 per cent of Indigenous prisoners have hearing problems ranging from mild to severe. It suggests hearing loss is contributing to increased prison rates and raises the issue of how much some inmates with hearing problems can understand and communicate.

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Last updated: 20 July 2011
 
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