Late-onset auditory deprivation: effects of monaural versus binaural hearing aids.

Abstract

Performance on tests of pure-tone thresholds, speech-recognition thresholds, and speech-recognition scores for the two ears of each subject were evaluated in two groups of adults with bilateral hearing losses. One group was composed of individuals fitted with binaural hearing aids, and the other group included persons with monaural hearing aids. Performance prior to the use of hearing aids was compared to performance after 4-5 years of hearing aid use in order to determine whether the unaided ear would show effects of auditory deprivation. There were no differences over time for pure-tone thresholds or speech-recognition thresholds for both ears of both groups. Nevertheless, the results revealed that the speech-recognition difference scores of the binaurally fitted subjects remained stable over time whereas they increased for the monaurally fitted subjects. The findings reveal an auditory deprivation effect for the unfitted ears of the subjects with monaural hearing aids.

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@article{Silman1984LateonsetAD, title={Late-onset auditory deprivation: effects of monaural versus binaural hearing aids.}, author={Shlomo Silman and Stanley A Gelfand and Carol A. Silverman}, journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America}, year={1984}, volume={76 5}, pages={1357-62} }