Hearing Impairment

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Hearing Impairment

Hearing impairment is considered to be anything from slight to profound impairment in the ability of a person to detect frequencies and intensities of sound. It can be acquired during life or present at birth, and it can also be inherited. Hearing loss can occur in one or both ears, and affect different areas of the ears. There are two main types of hearing loss; for more information see conductive hearing loss or sensorineural hearing loss. Symptoms of hearing impairment include delayed development of speech or unclear speech, use of high volume on electronic viewing devices, and consistent need to ask for repitition in conversation. Treatment for hearing impairment may include hearing aides or cochlear implants to improve hearing ability.

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Hearing Impairment" for support, advocacy or research.

Usher Syndrome Coalition

The Usher Syndrome Coalition's mission is to raise awareness and accelerate research for the most common cause of combined deafness and blindness. The Coalition also provides information and support to individuals and families affected by Usher syndrome.

Last Updated: 31 Oct 2014

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BEGINNINGS For Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc.

BEGINNINGS provides emotional support and access to unbiased information to families with deaf or hard of hearing children, age birth through 21. BEGINNINGS provides an impartial approach to meeting the diverse needs of these families and the professionals who serve them. These services are also available to deaf parents who have hearing children. The mission of BEGINNINGS is to inform and empower parents as they make decisions about their child. In addition, BEGINNINGS is also committed to providing technical assistance to professionals who work with these families.

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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Hearing Loss Association of America

The mission of HLAA is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.

Last Updated: 29 Jan 2013

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Hearing Impairment" for support, advocacy or research.

Usher Syndrome Coalition

The Usher Syndrome Coalition's mission is to raise awareness and accelerate research for the most common cause of combined deafness and blindness. The Coalition also provides information and support to individuals and families affected by Usher syndrome.

http://www.usher-syndrome.org

Last Updated: 31 Oct 2014

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BEGINNINGS For Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc.

BEGINNINGS provides emotional support and access to unbiased information to families with deaf or hard of hearing children, age birth through 21. BEGINNINGS provides an impartial approach to meeting the diverse needs of these families and the professionals who serve them. These services are also available to deaf parents who have hearing children. The mission of BEGINNINGS is to inform and empower parents as they make decisions about their child. In addition, BEGINNINGS is also committed to providing technical assistance to professionals who work with these families.

http://www.ncbegin.org

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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Hearing Loss Association of America

The mission of HLAA is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.

http://www.hearingloss.org

Last Updated: 29 Jan 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Hearing Impairment" returned 254 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Screening of cognitive function and hearing impairment in older adults: a preliminary study.
 

Author(s): Lena Lar Nar Wong, Joannie Ka Yin Yu, Shaina Shing Chan, Michael Chi Fai Tong

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2014 ;2014():867852.

 

Previous research has found that hearing loss is associated with poorer cognitive function. The question is that when a hearing impairment is being compensated for by appropriately fitted monaural hearing aids, special precautions are still needed when screening cognitive function in older adults.

Last Updated: 20 Aug 2014

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The lexical development of children with hearing impairment and associated factors.
 

Author(s): Leticia Macedo Penna, Stela Maris Aguiar Lemos, Cláudia Regina Lindgren Alves

Journal: Codas. ;26(3):193-200.

 

This study aimed at analyzing the association between the lexical development of children with hearing impairment and their psychosocial and socioeconomic characteristics and medical history.

Last Updated: 14 Aug 2014

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Gated auditory speech perception in elderly hearing aid users and elderly normal-hearing individuals: effects of hearing impairment and cognitive capacity.
 

Author(s): Shahram Moradi, Björn Lidestam, Mathias Hällgren, Jerker Rönnberg

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This study compared elderly hearing aid (EHA) users and elderly normal-hearing (ENH) individuals on identification of auditory speech stimuli (consonants, words, and final word in sentences) that were different when considering their linguistic properties. We measured the accuracy ...

Last Updated: 2 Aug 2014

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The terms "Hearing Impairment" returned 27 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Progress and prospects in human genetic research into age-related hearing impairment.
 

Author(s): Yasue Uchida, Saiko Sugiura, Michihiko Sone, Hiromi Ueda, Tsutomu Nakashima

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2014 ;2014():390601.

 

Age-related hearing impairment (ARHI) is a complex, multifactorial disorder that is attributable to confounding intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The degree of impairment shows substantial variation between individuals, as is also observed in the senescence of other functions. This ...

Last Updated: 20 Aug 2014

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Terminal chromosome 4q deletion syndrome in an infant with hearing impairment and moderate syndromic features: review of literature.
 

Author(s): Barbara Vona, Indrajit Nanda, Cordula Neuner, Jörg Schröder, Vera M Kalscheuer, Wafaa Shehata-Dieler, Thomas Haaf

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Terminal deletions of chromosome 4q are associated with a broad spectrum of phenotypes including cardiac, craniofacial, digital, and cognitive impairment. The rarity of this syndrome renders genotype-phenotype correlation difficult, which is further complicated by the widely different ...

Last Updated: 2 Jul 2014

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An assessment of validity and responsiveness of generic measures of health-related quality of life in hearing impairment.
 

Author(s): Yaling Yang, Louise Longworth, John Brazier

Journal: Qual Life Res. 2013 Dec;22(10):2813-28.

 

This review examines psychometric performance of three widely used generic preference-based measures, that is, EuroQol 5 dimensions (EQ-5D), Health Utility Index 3 (HUI3) and Short-form 6 dimensions (SF-6D) in patients with hearing impairments.

Last Updated: 6 Dec 2013

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Outcomes In Children With Developmental Delay And Deafness
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Deafness; Hearing Loss

 

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2015

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Prevention of Noise-induced Hearing Loss
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Noise-induced Hearing Loss

 

Last Updated: 16 Dec 2014

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Phase 3 Clinical Trial: D-Methionine to Reduce Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

 

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2014

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