Multiple benefits of personal FM system use by children with auditory processing disorder (APD)

Int J Audiol. 2009;48(6):371-83. doi: 10.1080/14992020802687516.


Children with auditory processing disorders (APD) were fitted with Phonak EduLink FM devices for home and classroom use. Baseline measures of the children with APD, prior to FM use, documented significantly lower speech-perception scores, evidence of decreased academic performance, and psychosocial problems in comparison to an age- and gender-matched control group. Repeated measures during the school year demonstrated speech-perception improvement in noisy classroom environments as well as significant academic and psychosocial benefits. Compared with the control group, the children with APD showed greater speech-perception advantage with FM technology. Notably, after prolonged FM use, even unaided (no FM device) speech-perception performance was improved in the children with APD, suggesting the possibility of fundamentally enhanced auditory system function.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attention
  • Auditory Perceptual Disorders / therapy*
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / therapy
  • Communication
  • Female
  • Hearing Aids*
  • Hearing Tests
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Noise
  • Schools
  • Social Behavior
  • Speech Perception
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome