Modified Earpieces and CROS for High Frequency Hearing Losses Persons with a high frequency hearing loss are difficult cases for whom to find suitable amplification. We have experienced some success with this problem in our Hearing Clinics using a specially designed earmold with a hearing aid. Thirty-five cases with high frequency hearing losses were selected from our clinical files ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1968
Modified Earpieces and CROS for High Frequency Hearing Losses
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Elizabeth Dodds
    Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
  • Earl Harford
    Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1968
Modified Earpieces and CROS for High Frequency Hearing Losses
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1968, Vol. 11, 204-218. doi:10.1044/jshr.1101.204
History: Received April 1, 1967
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1968, Vol. 11, 204-218. doi:10.1044/jshr.1101.204
History: Received April 1, 1967

Persons with a high frequency hearing loss are difficult cases for whom to find suitable amplification. We have experienced some success with this problem in our Hearing Clinics using a specially designed earmold with a hearing aid. Thirty-five cases with high frequency hearing losses were selected from our clinical files for analysis of test results using standard, vented, and open earpieces. A statistical analysis of test results revealed that PB scores in sound field, using an average conversational intensity level (70 dB SPL), were enhanced when utilizing any one of the three earmolds. This result was due undoubtedly to increased sensitivity provided by the hearing aid. Only the open earmold used with a CROS hearing aid resulted in a significant improvement in discrimination when compared with the group’s unaided PB score under earphones or when comparing inter-earmold scores. These findings suggest that the inclusion of the open earmold with a CROS aid in the audiologist’s armamentarium should increase his flexibility in selecting hearing aids for persons with a high frequency hearing loss.

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