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Updated 11 December 2017

Hearing device helps kids with single-sided deafness

Study shows bone-anchored hearing aids boosted hearing in children with single-sided deafness.

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THURSDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Bone-anchored hearing aids provide noticeable hearing improvement for children and teens with single-sided deafness, a new study finds.

Between 0.1 percent and 3 percent of children have deafness on one side, which is often associated with poor school performance, learning difficulties and behavioral problems. Traditional external hearing aids are effective, but compliance is low among children, particularly outside the classroom, according to background information in the study.

"Thus, treatment options for [single-sided deafness] in children are limited, thereby creating a source of frustration and a need for alternative treatments," wrote Lisa Christensen, of Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, and colleagues.

The researchers reviewed the cases of 23 children and teens, aged 6 to 19, with single-sided deafness who received a bone-anchored hearing aid. After the procedure, the patients showed significant improvements in hearing. The rate of complications, such as skin reactions and lost fixtures, was 17 percent.

"These findings are helpful in counseling children 5 years and older and their families regarding treatment options for single-sided deafness," the researchers concluded.

The study appears in the February issue of the journal Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery.

Christensen is a consultant for Cochlear Americas, which makes bone-anchored hearing aids.

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Minette Lister graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Pathology (Audiology) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville in 2015. Thereafter, she completed her compulsory year of community service at Phoenix Assessment and Therapy Centre in Durban. In 2017, Minette started working for Thompson and Hoffman Audiology Inc. She is passionate about working with children and adults to diagnose and manage hearing loss using state of the art technology. Minette offers hearing screening programmes for newborn and high-risk babies, as well as school-aged children, in order to decrease the incidence of late or unidentified hearing loss.

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