Dr Arshad ullah Afridi, Dr Ali Nasir, Dr Sana Bilal
Objectives of the study: The main objective of the study is to analyse the hearing loss and use of hearing aids among children and adolescents in Pakistan. Methodology of study: This descriptive study was conducted at Shalimar Hospital, Lahore during September 2019 to January 2020. The data was collected from 100 hearing and speech impaired children. We select these participants to find the oral health status of these children. All children of 5-15 years of either gender having speech & hearing impairment were included in the study. The clinical examination was carried according to World Health Organization (WHO) techniques. Results: Out of these children, bleeding on probing was found in 72 (13.3%) female children as compared to 57 (10.6%) male children. While 131 (24.3%) female children had calculus, 124 (23.0%) male children had the same condition. 87% of the children required single surface or double surface restorations, the remaining were indicated for pulp therapy. Gingivitis was seen in 35% of the children with bleeding gums and calculus who required oral prophylaxis. Conclusion: It is concluded that high prevalence of dental caries was observed among hearing and speech impaired children.