Progressive Hearing Loss in Children Hearing Aids and other Factors Reports
Reports  |   August 01, 1981
Progressive Hearing Loss in Children
 
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Reports   |   August 01, 1981
Progressive Hearing Loss in Children
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1981, Vol. 46, 328-334. doi:10.1044/jshd.4603.328
History: Received June 11, 1980 , Accepted October 13, 1980
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1981, Vol. 46, 328-334. doi:10.1044/jshd.4603.328
History: Received June 11, 1980; Accepted October 13, 1980

A sample of 20 children monitored for progressive hearing loss combined with 25 progressive loss cases were obtained. The effects of hearing aid use on progressive loss were examined in the context of etiology and other factors, particularly the time relations between hearing aid application and the period of progression. Results indicated a limited role played by hearing aids in progressive hearing loss. Hearing aid use was not implicated in 31 (69%) of the progressive loss subjects, questionably implicated in nine (20%), and probably implicated in five (11%). In the identification and monitoring of progressive hearing loss, it is unwise to conclude that hearing aid use is the cause of the deterioration without considering all other plausible factors.

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