Effects of CIC Hearing Aids on Auditory Localization by Listeners with Normal HearingBy D'Angelo, William R.; Bolia, Robert S.; Mishler, Pamela J.; Morris, Linda J.; Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, Vol. 44, No. 6, pp. 1209-1214
Publication Date: December 2001
Experiment conducted to determine the effects of completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids on auditory localization performance. The advantage of a CIC hearing aid is cosmetic; the aid is completely hidden in the ear canal and cannot be seen by a casual observer. Localization responses were collected in the presence or absence of a CIC hearing aid combined with three elevation conditions for a total of six experimental conditions. Azimuth error, elevation error, and the percentage of front-back confusions were determined for each trial. The findings indicated a significant decrease in localization acuity while wearing the hearing aids.
Published by: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Website:http://www.asha.org)
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