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Int J Audiol. 2009;48(6):313-20. doi: 10.1080/14992020802665959.

Speech and language outcomes in children with auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony managed with either cochlear implants or hearing aids.

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Department of Otolaryngology, The University of Melbourne.


The aim of this study was to assess the receptive language and speech production abilities of a group of school-aged children with auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony-type hearing loss. Ten children who had received a cochlear implant in one or both ears participated. Findings for this group were compared with those for a matched cohort of implanted children with other forms of sensorineural hearing loss and with those for a group of auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony children who were long-term hearing aid users. Results for 9 of the ten implanted children with auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony were similar to those of the general population of paediatric implant recipients. (One child, who gained little perceptual benefit from his device, showed severely delayed spoken language development). Results for the group of aided auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony subjects were comparable to those for their implanted counterparts suggesting that affected children should not automatically be considered cochlear implant candidates.

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