Characterizing the binaural hearing abilities of school-age children with a history of middle-ear diseases

  • Shno Koiek (Speaker)
  • Jens Bo Nielsen (Other)
  • Brandt, C. (Other)
  • Jesper Hvass Schmidt (Other)
  • Neher, T. (Other)

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Introduction and aims: Recently, a number of studies have indicated that recurrent middle-ear disease during early childhood may lead to long-term binaural speech-in-noise deficits. The current study followed up on this by investigating differences in monaural and binaural hearing abilities in noise among school-age children with or without a history of middle-ear diseases. Another aim was to identify efficient measures for the diagnosis of such hearing deficits.

Methods: Thirty children aged 6-12 yrs with a history of recurrent otitis media with infection or effusion and 10 children aged 6-12 yrs without any history of ear diseases participated. All children had normal middle-ear function and audiometric hearing thresholds at the time of testing. We performed various monaural and binaural speech reception measurements in the presence of stationary noise or competing speech. Furthermore, we assessed sensitivity to monaural and binaural phase information in the presence of stationary noise using psychoacoustic methods.

Results: We expect that the results of the current study will shed further light on if and how recurrent early-childhood middle-ear diseases influence hearing abilities in noise and how such deficits can be identified in clinical practice.
Period9. Jun 201912. Jun 2019
Event title5th International Conference on Cognitive Hearing Science for Communication
Event typeConference
LocationLinköping, SwedenShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational