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Semin Hear. 2018 Nov;39(4):364-376. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1670699. Epub 2018 Oct 26.

Conventional Amplification for Children and Adults with Severe-to-Profound Hearing Loss.

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1
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota.
2
Department of Veterans Affairs, Sioux Falls Healthcare System, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
3
Boystown National Research Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska.

Abstract

The primary goal of amplification is to restore audibility without causing discomfort; for someone with severe-to-profound hearing loss, the reduced dynamic range poses unique challenges in hearing-assistive device fitting. These challenges, including physiological limitation, processing difficulties, technology constraints, and other confounding factors, must be considered when selecting, fitting, and counseling for appropriate amplification. Many of the advanced features in hearing aids do not adequately address the unique characteristics of patients with severe-to-profound hearing loss. This review article will attempt to unravel some of the challenges and associated considerations when fitting adults and children with severe-to-profound hearing loss.

KEYWORDS:

adults; amplification; children; hearing loss

PMID:
30374208
PMCID:
PMC6203456
[Available on 2019-11-01]
DOI:
10.1055/s-0038-1670699

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