Formal auditory training in adult hearing aid users

Formal auditory training in adult hearing aid users

Autor Gil, Daniela Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Iorio, Maria Cecilia Martinelli Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Instituição Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Resumo INTRODUCTION: Individuals with sensorineural hearing loss are often able to regain some lost auditory function with the help of hearing aids. However, hearing aids are not able to overcome auditory distortions such as impaired frequency resolution and speech understanding in noisy environments. The coexistence of peripheral hearing loss and a central auditory deficit may contribute to patient dissatisfaction with amplification, even when audiological tests indicate nearly normal hearing thresholds. OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to validate the effects of a formal auditory training program in adult hearing aid users with mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss. METHODS: Fourteen bilateral hearing aid users were divided into two groups: seven who received auditory training and seven who did not. The training program was designed to improve auditory closure, figure-to-ground for verbal and nonverbal sounds and temporal processing (frequency and duration of sounds). Pre- and post-training evaluations included measuring electrophysiological and behavioral auditory processing and administration of the Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit (APHAB) self-report scale. RESULTS: The post-training evaluation of the experimental group demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in P3 latency, improved performance in some of the behavioral auditory processing tests and higher hearing aid benefit in noisy situations (p-value < 0,05). No changes were noted for the control group (p-value <0,05). CONCLUSION: The results demonstrated that auditory training in adult hearing aid users can lead to a reduction in P3 latency, improvements in sound localization, memory for nonverbal sounds in sequence, auditory closure, figure-to-ground for verbal sounds and greater benefits in reverberant and noisy environments.
Palavra-chave Hearing loss
Rehabilitation
Auditory Evoked Potentials
Neuronal Plasticity
Idioma Inglês
Financiador Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
Data de publicação 2010-01-01
Publicado em Clinics. Faculdade de Medicina / USP, v. 65, n. 2, p. 165-174, 2010.
ISSN 1807-5932 (Sherpa/Romeo, fator de impacto)
Publicador Faculdade de Medicina / USP
Extensão 165-174
Fonte http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1807-59322010000200008
Direito de acesso Acesso aberto Open Access
Tipo Artigo
Web of Science WOS:000275421000008
SciELO S1807-59322010000200008 (estatísticas na SciELO)
Endereço permanente http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/5498

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