Application of ABRS to the Hearing-Aid Selection Process Preliminary Data Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1986
Application of ABRS to the Hearing-Aid Selection Process
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Kathryn A. Beauchaine
    Boys Town National Institute, Omaha, NE
  • Michael P. Gorga
    Boys Town National Institute, Omaha, NE
  • Jan K. Reiland
    Boys Town National Institute, Omaha, NE
  • Lori L. Larson
    Boys Town National Institute, Omaha, NE
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   March 01, 1986
Application of ABRS to the Hearing-Aid Selection Process
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1986, Vol. 29, 120-128. doi:10.1044/jshr.2901.120
History: Received October 12, 1984 , Accepted October 3, 1985
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1986, Vol. 29, 120-128. doi:10.1044/jshr.2901.120
History: Received October 12, 1984; Accepted October 3, 1985

This paper describes preliminary data on the use of click-evoked ABRs in the hearing aid selection process. Four normal-hearing and 4 hearing-impaired subjects were tested with a hearing aid set at three different frequency response settings. Estimates of gain were calculated using shifts in Wave V thresholds, shifts in Wave V latency-level functions, acoustic-reflex measurements, coupler gain measurements, and measurements of functional gain. Results suggest that the click-evoked ABR does not distinguish between differing amounts of low-frequency gain, although reasonable estimates of high-frequency gain appear possible. Also discussed are technical factors that must be considered when using the ABR in the hearing aid evaluation process.

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