ISSN 1308-7649 | E-ISSN 2148-3817
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Evaluation of Hearing Handicap in Adults with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder
1 Department of Audiology, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, India  
J Int Adv Otol 2017; 13: 226-229
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2017.3578
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Key Words: Adult, social problems, emotional adjustment, cochlear nerve

OBJECTIVE: The present study attempted to evaluate hearing handicap in adults with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD). The study also attempted to determine if gender, pure tone average, speech identification scores (SIS), and reported duration of hearing loss could predict the hearing handicap in adults with ANSD.


MATERIALS and METHODS: Hearing Handicap Inventory for Adults and Hearing Handicap Questionnaire were administered to 50 adults with ANSD.


RESULTS: Using both the scales, there was a significant hearing handicap in both the social and emotional domains in adults with ANSD. SIS was a good predictor of hearing handicap compared to other variables. The poor SIS can affect communication skills leading to higher degree of social handicap.



CONCLUSION: The ignorance regarding the exact cause for their hearing problems and lack of appropriate management strategies could lead to emotional problems in individuals with ANSD. However, further studies are essential for determining hearing handicap with the use of hearing aids and cochlear implants.



Cite this article as: Prabhu P. Evaluation of Hearing Handicap in Adults with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder. J Int Adv Otol 2017; 13: 226-9.

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