SIG 6 Perspectives Vol. 17, No. 1, May 2013
This issue of Perspectives focuses on current issues of gene therapy, bone-anchored hearing aids, open fit technology, and auditory training. First, we review gene therapies for restoration of hearing function using corrective DNA. Next, we provide an overview of the current implantable bone-anchored devices for conductive, mixed-conductive, and single-sided sensorineural hearing loss. Additionally, we provide a discussion of localization accuracy and the potential for use of open-fit hearing aids in children. Two case studies are included to illustrate benefits of open-fit technology on localization accuracy. Finally, we review evidence from animal and clinical models of plasticity and the central nervous system’s processing of speech.
You will be able to:
- describe gene therapies for hearing loss
- identify indicators for use and outcome measures of bone-anchored hearing aids
- describe how young children may benefit from the use of open-fit behind-the-ear hearing aids
- provide examples of the benefits of both short- and long-term training for central auditory processing
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