Evaluating the benefit of speech recoding hearing aids in children

Denise R. Miller-Hansen, Peggy B. Nelson, Judith E. Widen, Stephen D. Simon

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Abstract

Children with significant high-frequency hearing loss may be difficult to fit with hearing aids using conventional amplification. Frequency-lowering hearing aids using dynamic speech recoding (DSR) technology have been proposed as a possible means to achieve full speech audibility. The current study investigated 78 children from ages 1.3 to 21.6 years (M = 10.6 years) who wore DSR hearing aids. These hearing aids provided significant improvements in pure-tone average (PTA; mean improvement for the aided versus unaided condition of 49 dB) and high-frequency PTA (mean improvement for the aided versus unaided condition of 56 dB). A subgroup of 19 children were previous usere of conventional hearing aids. These participants demonstrated a mean improvement of 11 dB in PTA and 12.5% in word recognition scores for DSR versus conventional amplification. However, DSR hearing aids required repair 3 times as often as conventional hearing aids. The greatest benefit was observed in children whose word recognition scores were poorest using conventional hearing aids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-113
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Audiology
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

Keywords

  • Children
  • Hearing aid benefit
  • Hearing aids
  • Speech recoding hearing aids

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