A comparative evaluation of ear diseases in children of higher versus lower socioeconomic status

J Laryngol Otol. 2006 Jan;120(1):16-9. doi: 10.1017/S0022215105001520.


This study was conducted with an aim to assess the prevalence and profile of ear diseases in children from the higher and lower socioeconomic strata of society. Two groups of schools within Delhi were selected. Group A comprised of government schools located in slum areas with an average parental income of INR (Indian National Rupees) 1050 per month and group B of elite private schools with an average family income of TNR 35,000 per month. Three thousand children between the ages of 5-12 years were screened with the help of a written proforma and ear examination. Tympanometry and audiometry were done, where required. 19.6 per cent of children of group A were found to be suffering from ear diseases compared to 2.13 per cent of group B children. The two groups were also compared for number of family members, status of hygiene and parental education.

MeSH terms

  • Baths
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Ear Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Educational Status
  • Family Characteristics
  • Housing
  • Humans
  • Income
  • India / epidemiology
  • Mycoses / epidemiology
  • Otitis Externa / epidemiology
  • Otitis Media with Effusion / epidemiology
  • Otitis Media, Suppurative / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Social Class*