Navigation Links
Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids May Benefit Kids

MONDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Children with hearing loss in one or both ears benefit from bone-anchored hearing aids, according to a new study.

The bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA), a small device attached to the bone behind the ear, was introduced more than 30 years ago and has become an established treatment option for adults and children.

This study looked at 31 children who were at least 4 years old when they underwent a BAHA fitting and had used the device for one to four years. Sixteen of the children had hearing loss in both ears (bilateral) and 15 children had hearing loss in one ear (unilateral).

In the bilateral hearing loss group, 13 children (81 percent) were using the BAHA for more than eight hours a day and 12 said it was worth the effort. In the unilateral hearing loss group, of the seven children who were using their BAHA for more than eight hours a day and six who were using it between four and eight hours a day, 10 said it was worth the effort, the report indicated.

In both groups, those who received the device at an earlier age experienced greater benefit and higher quality of life after continued use. Also, BAHA improved their ability to learn, especially among children with bilateral hearing loss.

The study is published in the February issue of the journal Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery.

"Overall, BAHA fitting can be considered effective and beneficial in children with bilateral or unilateral hearing loss," said the researchers at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands, in a journal news release. They noted that "the BAHA was particularly beneficial for a child's learning, which may be largely due to its beneficial effects in noisy surroundings."

More information

The University of Maryland Medical Center has more about bone-anchored hearing aids.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Feb. 21, 2011

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Bone-anchored leg prostheses improve quality of life
2. Bone-anchored hearing aids help youth with single-sided deafness
3. Study Suggests Hearing Loss-Dementia Link
4. On-the-Job Hearing Loss Keeping Workers Awake
5. Workplace noise-related hearing loss affects sleep quality -- Ben Gurion U. researchers
6. Study: Abuse rates higher among deaf and hard-of-hearing children compared with hearing youths
7. Riding With the Top Down May Put Hearing at Risk
8. Individuals with partial hearing loss may benefit from hybrid cochlear implant
9. Hearing Loss Rising Among Teen Girls, Study Finds
10. Hearing Loss in Elderly May Be Linked to Folate Deficiency
11. Hearing loss common following radiation therapy for head and neck cancer
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids May Benefit Kids
(Date:11/28/2015)... ... November 28, 2015 , ... Pixel Film Studios is back ... to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Users have full control over angle of ... Pulse masking effects, users are sure to get heads to turn. , ProPanel: Pulse ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... affecting the health care in America. As people age, more care is needed, ... costs are rising, and medical professionals are being overworked. The forgotten part of ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... The print component of “Supporting ... Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Minneapolis, South Florida, with a circulation of approximately 250,000 ... through a vast social media strategy and across a network of top news ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... A simply groundbreaking television series, "Voices in America", ... delves into an array of issues that are presently affecting Americans. Dedicated to providing ... this show is changing the subjects consumers focus on, one episode at a time. ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... Dr. ... Medical Associates, Inc. and Dr. Tucker Bierbaum with Emergency Medicine at St., ... observed that both STEMI and Sepsis conditions present in similar ways and require time-critical ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... "Self Administration of High Viscosity Drugs" ... ) has announced the addition of the ... to their offering. --> Research and ... of the "Self Administration of High Viscosity ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... of the "Radioimmunoassay Market by Type ... Pharmaceutical Industry, Academics, Clinical Diagnostic Labs), Application ... Forecast to 2020" report to their ... announced the addition of the "Radioimmunoassay ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ) ... "Global Brain Monitoring Devices Market 2015-2019" ... ) has announced the addition of ... 2015-2019" report to their offering. ... ) has announced the addition of the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: