Mild and Unilateral Hearing Loss

Auditory and language outcomes in children with unilateral hearing loss (2019)

  • This article talks about...the outcomes of children with unilateral hearing loss (UHL), that is, a hearing loss in just one ear, compared to typical hearing peers and peers with a mild hearing loss in both ears. Several tests were done to measure their receptive (comprehension) and expressive language abilities.
  • The study found...that in general children with UHL did not perform as well as their normal hearing peers in both receptive and expressive language tasks. Children with UHL also scored below their peers with mild bilateral hearing loss on some tasks.
  • This is important because...unilateral hearing loss may negatively affect a child’s language development. Professionals and parents should closely monitor communication abilities in children with UHL. Children with UHL may benefit from amplification devices.
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Parent Report of Amplification Use in Children with Mild Bilateral or Unilateral Hearing Loss (2019)

  • This article talks about...how often preschool-aged children with mild bilateral or unilateral hearing loss use their amplification devices as reported by their parents.
  • This study found...children with mild bilateral hearing loss used their amplification devices more consistently than children with unilateral hearing loss. The amount of time that children used their amplification devices stayed the same over time.
  • This is important because...consistent use of amplification devices by children is recommended. Monitoring how often a child uses their device can help ensure that they are getting the support for their hearing loss that they need.
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School-Aged Children with Mild Bilateral and Unilateral Hearing Loss: Parents' Reflections on Services, Experiences, and Outcomes (2018)

  • This article talks about...parents' experiences with services they received after identification of the hearing loss through the early school years, and their thoughts on how their child is doing.
  • This study found...parents experienced frustrations, wanted to know about options to help their child, and had concerns about how their child was doing, for example, socially, in sports, and in school. Overall parents felt positively about the services they received.
  • This is important because...challenges and needs change as children enter school. Parents need ongoing support, and information to make decisions and to advocate for their child’s needs.
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Characteristics of children with unilateral hearing loss (2017)

  • This article talks about...characteristics of children with unilateral hearing loss.
  • This study found...that children who are diagnosed with unilateral hearing loss are at risk for more hearing loss in either ear.
  • This is important because...children with unilateral hearing loss should be monitored closely in case their hearing gets worse. Early intervention should be in place for children with unilateral hearing loss, in order to help their speech and language development.
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Service Delivery to Children with Mild Hearing Loss: Current Practice Patterns and Parent Perceptions (2017)

  • This article talks about...the identification and intervention for mild hearing loss in children.
  • This study found...most children with mild hearing loss were identified at birth during a newborn hearing screening. Once these children were identified there was a delay between the time they were identified and when they received intervention. Many parents reported that they believed their child received benefit from an amplification device for their hearing loss, but they are unsure of the extent.
  • This is important because...educating parents and professionals on the importance of receiving early amplification can help children succeed with their hearing loss.
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Children with Mild Bilateral and Unilateral Hearing Loss: Parents Reflections on Experiences and Outcomes (2016)

  • This article talks about...parent perspectives on their experience with their child’s hearing loss diagnosis.
  • This study found...parents liked the screening process that identified their child at birth. However, they disliked how professionals downplayed the hearing loss since it was not a severe hearing loss. There was confusion about whether hearing aids would be beneficial to their child and parents felt they needed more support than they were offered.
  • This is important because...research studies have found that children who wear hearing aids consistently have better language outcomes. Parents need accurate information and support.
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Hearing Devices for Children with Unilateral Hearing Loss: Patient-and-Parent-Reported Perspectives (2016)

  • This article talks about...the experiences of parents and children with hearing aid use for a unilateral hearing loss.
  • This study found...the majority of children who used a hearing device continued to use it. Usage was similar across call degrees of hearing loss.
  • This is important because...children with unilateral hearing loss can benefit from using a hearing device. Parents can explore options with their audiologist.
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Management of Unilateral Hearing Loss (2016)

  • This article talks about...the results of several studies that looked at how a hearing loss in one ear effects children and treatment options.
  • This study found...children with unilateral hearing loss are more likely to have ear structures that are not normal. There are various treatment options available.
  • This is important because...each child is different and parents need to understand how the hearing loss may affect their child and what they can do.
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Minimal Hearing Loss: From a Failure-Based Approach to Evidence-based Practice (2016)

  • This article talks about...the need for and benefits of early identification and intervention for children with mild hearing loss.
  • This study found...mild hearing loss affects each child differently. Some children may have delays in speech and language due to their hearing loss that affects them into adulthood, while other children may not experience delays at all. Because these effects may affect a child’s development into adulthood, it’s important to identify their hearing loss early and to provide intervention.
  • This is important because...understanding how minimal hearing loss affects children can help parents and audiologists determine the best way to help that child succeed with their hearing loss.
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Prescribing and Verifying Hearing Aids Applying the American Academy of Audiology Pediatric Amplification Guideline: Protocols and Outcomes from the Ontario Infant Hearing Program (2016)

  • This article talks about...updates made to Ontario’s hearing aid protocols, and outcomes from their program.
  • This study found...the hearing aid protocol recommendations can be done in clinics. When audiologists followed the protocol, children who used hearing aids and were typically developing met developmental and performance milestones.
  • This is important because...children need to be fit with hearing aids correctly so they can hear speech sounds. Audiologists need to do tests on each individual child to make sure their hearing aids are fit correctly.
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Influence of Hearing Aid Use on Outcomes of Children with Mild Hearing Loss (2015)

  • This article talks about...the influence of hearing aid use on speech and language outcomes for children with mild hearing loss.
  • This study found...children that wore their hearing aids full time had better vocabulary and grammar outcomes than children who did not wear hearing aids.
  • This is important because...consistent use of hearing aids can help improve language development and support children’s success in school.
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Unilateral Hearing Loss is Associated with A Negative Effect on Language Scores in Adolescents (2014)

  • This article talks about...language skills of teenagers with hearing loss in one ear compared to their siblings with normal hearing.
  • This study found...teenagers with hearing loss in one ear did worse than their siblings on language tests.
  • This is important because...children with hearing loss in one ear can benefit from early intervention to prevent speech and language delays.
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Developmental Outcomes in Early School-Age Children with Minimal Hearing Loss (2013)

  • This article talks about...how children with minimal hearing loss perform in school and what risk factors may contribute to their performance.
  • This study found...teachers reported that children with minimal hearing loss had more attention problems during class compared to children with normal hearing. Low maternal education, late identification of the hearing loss, and not having hearing amplification may put a child at higher risk for difficulty in school.
  • This is important because...children with minimal hearing loss may need additional support to do well in school.
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A Review of Unilateral Hearing Loss and Academic Performance: Is it Time to Reassess Traditional Dogmata? (2013)

  • This article talks about...research studies that have been done to look at unilateral hearing loss, and changes over time related to diagnosis and treatment.
  • This study found...unilateral hearing loss can be damaging to academic performance if not managed correctly. Classroom seating and amplification devices such as hearing aids, FM systems and loud speakers can help children.
  • This is important because...access to speech sounds is important for children to develop language. Early intervention can help children learn communication strategies and ways to manage their hearing devices.
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Sound Localization Acuity in Children with Unilateral Hearing Loss Who Wear a Hearing Aid in the Impaired Ear (2010)

  • This article talks about...… how accurately children, with hearing loss in one ear who use a hearing aid, can locate sound.
  • This study found...that a hearing aid helped younger children locate sounds better than older children. Children who got their hearing aid at a younger age did better than children who got their hearing aid later. Without the hearing aid on, older children were able to locate sounds better than younger children.
  • This is important because...a hearing aid can help, even though locating sounds will not be the same as it is for children with normal hearing.
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Etiology of Unilateral Neural Hearing Loss in Children (2009)

  • This article talks about...finding the main cause of unilateral sensorineural hearing loss in children.
  • This study found...73% of the children in the study were born without a cochlear nerve.
  • This is important because...when a hearing loss is identified, certain medical tests, such as an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), help parents understand the problem and the treatment needed.
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