Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder: A Review Purpose Auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder, or ANSD, can be a confusing diagnosis to physicians, clinicians, those diagnosed, and parents of children diagnosed with the condition. The purpose of this review is to provide the reader with an understanding of the disorder, the limitations in current tools to determine site(s) of ... Review
Review  |   August 01, 2014
Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder: A Review
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Linda W. Norrix
    University of Arizona, Tucson
  • David S. Velenovsky
    University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Linda W. Norrix: norrix@email.arizona.edu
  • Editor: Craig Champlin
    Editor: Craig Champlin×
  • Associate Editor: Paul Abbas
    Associate Editor: Paul Abbas×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Hearing / Review
Review   |   August 01, 2014
Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder: A Review
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, August 2014, Vol. 57, 1564-1576. doi:10.1044/2014_JSLHR-H-13-0213
History: Received August 8, 2013 , Revised December 11, 2013 , Accepted February 18, 2014
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, August 2014, Vol. 57, 1564-1576. doi:10.1044/2014_JSLHR-H-13-0213
History: Received August 8, 2013; Revised December 11, 2013; Accepted February 18, 2014
Web of Science® Times Cited: 10

Purpose Auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder, or ANSD, can be a confusing diagnosis to physicians, clinicians, those diagnosed, and parents of children diagnosed with the condition. The purpose of this review is to provide the reader with an understanding of the disorder, the limitations in current tools to determine site(s) of lesion, and management techniques.

Method This article is a review of what is known about ANSD. It includes descriptions of assessment tools, causes of ANSD, and patient management techniques.

Conclusions This review is a guide to audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and early interventionists who work with individuals diagnosed with ANSD and/or their families. It highlights the need for more precise tools to describe the disorder in order to facilitate decisions about interventions and lead to better predictions of outcome.

Acknowledgment
We thank the Tucson Listening, Spoken Language Professional Interest Group, for inspiring us to write a summary for professionals and for allowing us to share this information with this professional group.
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