Quantification of speech-in-noise and sound localisation abilities in children with unilateral hearing loss and comparison to normal hearing peers

Ruth M. Reeder, Jamie Cadieux, Jill B. Firszt

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Abstract

The study objective was to quantify abilities of children with unilateral hearing loss (UHL) on measures that address known deficits for this population, i.e. speech understanding in quiet and noise, and sound localisation. Noise conditions varied by noise type and source location. Parent reports of real-world abilities were also obtained. Performance was compared to gender- and age-matched normal hearing (NH) peers. UHL performance was poorer and more varied compared to NH peers. Among the findings, age correlated with localisation ability for UHL but not NH participants. Low-frequency hearing in the better ear of UHL children was associated with performance in noise; however, there was no relation for NH children. Considerable variability was evident in the outcomes of children with UHL and needs to be understood as future treatment options are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-37
Number of pages7
JournalAudiology and Neurotology
Volume20
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 9 2015

Keywords

  • Sound localisation
  • Spatial hearing
  • Speech recognition in noise
  • Unilateral hearing loss

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