Hearing Aid Technology vs. Steeply Sloping Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Win, Lose, or Tie?By Fabry, David A.; Hearing Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 42-44
Publication Date: January 2007
Article addresses hearing aid options for people with steeply sloping sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), a hearing loss that may arise from noise exposure, presbysusis, and otoxicity, or combinations of these factors. Patients with precipitous high-frequency SNHL represent a significant challenge to hearing care professionals. For these patients, new hearing technologies may not be effective due to reduced dynamic range and increased distortion that accompanies peripheral loss. In extreme cases, auditory dead regions may prevent the transduction of basilar membrane motion on specific regions of the cochlea. Before opting for surgery, patients should try an open fit or frequency compression device to be certain that they cannot benefit from acoustic hearing aids.
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