Issue 1 Impact of Unilateral Hearing Loss

In the past, clinicians expressed little concern about unilateral loss of hearing. Recently, research has shown that children with a significant unilateral sensorineural hearing loss—and presumably a significant unilateral conductive hearing loss—do experience a variety of auditory, linguistic, and cognitive difficulties that may impact educational progress.1 Impaired sound localization1-3 and speech recognition in background noise do occur with unilateral hearing loss and may underlie these difficulties. Interestingly, the speech recognition problem occurs regardless of whether the speech stimuli are directed toward the normal or hearing-impaired ear.4'5 These findings have obvious implications for the student in the typical classroom environment.

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