New Diagnostic Tool Quickly Evaluates Learning DisabilitiesBy Hearing Review,
Publication Date: November 2006
Article focuses on the Biological Marker of Auditory Processing (BioMAP), which was created by researchers at Northwestern University’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory and licensed by Bio-logic Systems. The BioMAP system can quickly identify a large subset of children with learning disabilities, specifically dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. In order to use the system, a child must simply be able to stay awake and sit quietly for 20 to 30 minutes. The testing can actually take place while a child is watching a video, as researchers place non-invasive electrodes on a child’s scalp, while an earpiece delivers carefully crafted acoustic sounds in one of the child’s ears. As the child watches a movie, researchers measure the brain’s response to the acoustic sounds. Once children are identified with sound encoding difficulties, they can receive auditory training that can augment their ability to distinguish between sounds. Interested parties are encouraged to visit the Bio-logic Systems website (http://www.natus.com/products/hearing_diagnostics/navigator_biomap.html) for further information.
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