Bone-anchored hearing aid in patients with moderate mental retardation: impact and benefit assessment.
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SourceOtology & Neurotology, 28, 6, (2007), pp. 793-7
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Otology & Neurotology
SubjectDCN 1: Perception and Action; DCN 2: Functional Neurogenomics; UMCN 3.3: Neurosensory disorders
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact and the subjective benefit of Bone-anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) implementation in patients with hearing impairment combined with moderate mental retardation. STUDY DESIGN: Case control study using two validated patient-oriented instruments. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Twenty-two patients with moderate mental retardation and conductive or mixed hearing loss. INTERVENTION: Rehabilitative. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Subjective benefit, listening and learning capabilities. RESULTS: BAHA implementation in patients with moderate mental retardation, by using the Glasgow Children's Benefit Inventory and the Listening Inventory for Education, showed a subjective benefit, which was comparable with that of the control group and was consistent with the results of earlier studies. CONCLUSION: The use of BAHA proved beneficial in most patients with hearing impairment and moderate mental retardation. Extending the indications for BAHA application to this special patient group shows to be a very valuable option.
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