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Audiology

The study of hearing and hearing impairment.

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A systematic review of health-related quality of life hearing aids: final report of the American Academy of Audiology Task Force on the Health-Related Quality of Life Benefits of Amplication in Adults

This review concluded that hearing aids improve the health-related quality of life of adults. The quantity and quality of the included studies was limited, and some aspects of the review process were not reported. Despite this, the conclusions are likely to be reliable since the direction of effect was similar across studies, with larger effects reported in the better quality studies.

Audiologic management of auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder in children: a systematic review of the literature

PURPOSE: This review summarizes current evidence related to the audiologic management of children with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD).

Systematic review of middle ear implants: do they improve hearing as much as conventional hearing aids?

The review concluded that although development of middle ear implants was in its infancy, early reports indicated that selected patients gained good benefit from middle ear implants; more data was needed. The review had some methodological problems, which together with the poor quality of data, limit the reliability of the authors’ conclusions.

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Ear, Hearing, Hearing Loss

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