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€300,000 award to deaf teen

A TEENAGE boy has settled a High Court action for €300,000 over an alleged delay in diagnosing his profound deafness.

Liam Burke (17), from Castlemaine, Co Kerry, claimed that his hearing loss was not picked up until he was more than three years of age.

Through his mother, Mary Burke, he sued the HSE and and a senior audiologist operating out of Kerry General Hospital, Patricia Heffernan.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told that the settlement was without admission of liability.

It was claimed that Liam was profoundly deaf and had profound inner hearing loss from birth but was misdiagnosed as having a milder hearing loss due to glue ear and had three sets of grommets inserted, none of which significantly reduced his disability or handicap.

The defendants had claimed that the hearing loss was progressive and fluctuating, counsel said.

Irish Independent