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Daneshmandan N, Teimouri R, Hossein-Zadeh S, Movallali G, Izadi P. Investigation of External and Middle Ear Symptoms in Sensorineural Hearing Impaired Children and Their correlation to Hearing Aids’ complaints. Archives of Rehabilitation. 2013; 13 :18-24
URL: http://rehabilitationj.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-1162-en.html

1- Otolaryngologist, Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Research Center & Clinical Sciences Department, Associate Professor University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- Linguist, Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Research Cente University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran , robab.teymouri@yahoo.com
3- Biostatistician Biostatistician, Biostatistics Department University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4- Ph.D. of Exceptional Children Psychology, Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Research Center & Psychology of Exceptional Children Department, Assistant Professor University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
5- Otolaryngologist, Assistant Professor Shahed University, Tehran, Iran
Abstract:   (6712 Views)

Objective: Sensor neural hearing impairments (SNHI) are not curable, and in the optimal situation, the most appropriate method is using hearing aids and aural habilitation. The main purpose of this paper is to investigate the ear symptoms and hearing aid’s complains and also to study the correlation between these two variables. We would like to encourage the therapists to pay more attention to the medical care follow-up and outcomes of aural habilitation.

Materials & Methods: This is a descriptive analytic study. It was executed by a cross-sectional method on 95 SNHL children. Each case was examined by otolaryngologist and middle ears were assessed by Impedance Audiometry. Data were analyzed by Chi- square.

Results: 38% of children who complained from their hearing aids had external otitis media. K Square showed a significant correlation (P=0.002) between external otitis and children’s complains about hearing aids. 33% of children who complained from their ears, had abnormal tympanogram. Again K Square showed a significant correlation (P=0.005) between ear symptoms and abnormal tympanogram.

Conclusion: External and middle ear infections in SNHL are as common as other normal hearing children. It can also be suggested as one of the important reasons in hearing aids dissatisfaction. So, regular otologic examination and audiometric evaluation in SNHL children are seriously recommended.

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Type of Study: Original | Subject: Pediatrics
Received: 25/08/2012 | Accepted: 3/07/2013 | Published: 3/07/2013

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