Reading in Children With Mild to Moderate Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Predictions, Outcomes, and Implications Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is defined as a permanent hearing loss caused by damage to the hair cells of the inner ear or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain (ASHA, 2007). Although there is no universally accepted classification system for degrees of hearing loss, ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2007
Reading in Children With Mild to Moderate Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Predictions, Outcomes, and Implications
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  • Lorna F. Halliday
    MRC Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Article   |   September 01, 2007
Reading in Children With Mild to Moderate Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Predictions, Outcomes, and Implications
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, September 2007, Vol. 17, 13-16. doi:10.1044/hhdc17.2.13
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, September 2007, Vol. 17, 13-16. doi:10.1044/hhdc17.2.13
Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is defined as a permanent hearing loss caused by damage to the hair cells of the inner ear or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain (ASHA, 2007). Although there is no universally accepted classification system for degrees of hearing loss, the British Society of Audiology (2004)  respectively defines mild and moderate SNHL as a pure tone average threshold of 20–40 dB HL, and 41–70 dB HL, across 250–4000 Hz.
However, while these categories broadly reflect absolute levels of hearing sensitivity, factors such as the aetiology, locus, and configuration of loss mean that, in practice, the terms “mild” and “moderate” encompass a very heterogeneous set of impairments. In my research, I have been using standardised psychometric and psychophysical methods to examine the link between hearing and reading in children with mild to moderate SNHL. Here, I outline the motivations behind this work, and present an overview of the research findings of myself and others.
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