Unilateral Hearing Loss

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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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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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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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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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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